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Speaking in support of House Resolution 569 to condemn white supremacists and violence, Rep. Harris said it is America's diversity that makes the country great and the repugnant actions of white supremacists undermine the ideals of the nation.
Rep. Harris voted in favor of an FY'18 budget that would include an income tax hike. Calling the last two years without a budget "a horrible dysfunction of State government," Harris said that "it's time to stop playing 'chicken' with our State." 
Rep. Harris and Mount Prospect Mayor, 
Arlene Juracek, pose with WWII Vet 
Major (Ret) Jack Bornhoeft.
Rep. Harris joined the nation of France in honoring WWII veteran Major (Ret) Jack Bornhoeft for his service securing the freedom of France during the world war from Nazi tyranny.

Major (Ret) Bornhoeft was awarded the French Legion of Honor at a ceremony held recently in his honor. The Legion of Honor is the country's highest award given to a foreigner. Mr. Bornhoeft joins an elite group of recipients of this significant award, such as former General and President Dwight Eisenhower. The award was given by Vincent Floreani, the French Consul General in Chicago.

Rep. Harris added some local frosting to the award by presenting Mr. Bornhoeft with a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives in commemoration of his service and his receipt of the Legion of Honor.
Rep. Harris recognizes Prospect High School student Mike 
Stanford. Mr. Jason Block, school adviser, is on the left 
and Mike's mom, Christine, is on the right.
Rep. Harris recently presented a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives to Prospect High School student Mike Stanford. Mike earned top honors for Sports Story of the Year at the National Scholastic Press Association's convention in November. The Scholastic Press Association is part of the Journalism Education Association.

Mike's article, entitled "East vs West: Is This A Fair Fight" compared the two divisions, East and West, of the Mid Suburban League, and the disparities between the two. His article was published in the Prospector, the school's newspaper. The newspaper also earned recognition at the competition taking second place in the Best of Show. Mr. Jason Block, the school's newspaper adviser said that winning the honor is like winning a Pulitzer Prize for a high school student.
191 new laws take effect January 1, 2017. Here is a preview of 26 new laws that may be of interest to Illinoisans.

Social media right to privacy
Public Act 99-610, House Bill 4999
Amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act to make it illegal for an employer or prospective employer to request or require an employee or applicant to access a personal online account (such as Facebook) in the presence of the employer. It is also illegal to request or require that an employee or applicant invite the employer to join a group affiliated with any personal online account of the employee, or applicant, or join an online account established by the employer.

Employee Sick Leave Act
Public Act 99-841, House Bill 6162
Under the new law, employees may now use personal sick leave benefits for purposes dealing with a child, spouse, sibling, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent or step parent. The employee can use such time as may be necessary on the same terms that employee would use the time for their own illness or injury.

Traffic stop education
Public Act 99-720, House Bill 6131
Students taking drivers education courses will now be educated on safe procedures to follow during a traffic stop by law enforcement. The lesson will include such tips as remaining calm and keeping one’s hands in view at all times and will also educate drivers on their rights when in the presence of law enforcement.