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Rep. Harris with members of the Hersey HS Debate Team
on the Speaker's Podium in the House of Representatives
Rep. Harris hosted the John Hersey High School Debate Team in the State Capitol recently as the team prepared for the Illinois High School Association's Debate Team competition held in Springfield on March 20 - 21. Harris escorted the team members on a tour of the Capitol and made arrangements for them to hold a debate practice in one of the rooms used for House Committee meetings.

The team did well in the competition this year. Seven of the nine debaters qualified for spots in the semi-finals. And Freshman Ethan Bowers surprised everyone by winning All-State Honors, besting 183 competitors.
Rep. David Harris with WP First Captain Austin Welch
State Rep. David Harris recently met Austin Welch, the First Captain of the U.S. Corps of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. They were both attending the West Point Society of Chicago's Annual Founder's Day Dinner.

The First Captain is also called the Brigade Commander, and his position is similar to a student body president. The First Captain implements a class agenda, and he acts as a liaison between the Corps of Cadets and the USMA Administration. Welch is at the top of a pyramid of cadet commanders who make up the chain-of-command for the Corps of Cadets at West Point.

First Captain Welch is from Winnetka, Illinois, and he intends to branch Aviation after his graduation from West Point. Rep. Harris retired from the military after 33 years of active/reserve service with the rank of Major General.
State Representative David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) has authored House Bill 2508, better known as the Right to Try Act, to allow terminally ill patients access to experimental treatments. If the legislation becomes law, it would make Illinois a national leader by allowing patients who have exhausted all other treatment options the ability to utilize promising treatments that are still awaiting final FDA approval.

“Sadly, terminally ill patients often lose their struggle for life because they cannot wait several years for the FDA to approve a potentially life-saving treatment,” said Harris. “While testing new medical treatments is hugely important to ensuring their safety and effectiveness, it is reasonable to allow someone who has been diagnosed as terminally ill to use one of those treatments with the recommendation and supervision of their doctor."

The Right to Try Act provides that an eligible patient with a terminal illness who has considered all other treatment options approved by the FDA may acquire from a manufacturer an investigational drug, biological product, or device that has successfully completed Phase I of a clinical trial, but has not yet been approved for general use by the FDA. The Phase I classification means that preliminary clinical trials have shown the treatment to be promising.
Gov. Rauner will be giving his first budget address today at noon. If you would like to watch the address, click the link below. The video will be available a few minutes before the address begins.

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Rep. Harris (center) presents Alex Todd, Prospect Heights Library Executive Director, and his staff with a Certificate of Recognition for their work on "Polish Storytime."

Representative David Harris presented a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives to Prospect Heights Library Executive Director Alex Todd and his staff for their outstanding work in developing the "Polish Storytime" hour at the library.

"Auschwitz is the epitome of evil in this world." - Rep. Harris
In remembrance of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi extermination camp at Auschwitz at the end of World War II, Rep. Harris spoke on the House floor expressing the sentiment that we will NEVER FORGET.

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Rep. Harris (center) presents a House Certificate to Kerry Pearson (left), President of the AHML Board, and Jason Kuhl, Executive Director of the AHML.
Representative Harris presented a Certificate of Recognition from the House of Representatives to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library at the January 20th meeting of the Library Board.

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML) achieved a “Five Star” rating by the publication Library Journal in its national ranking called “America’s Star Libraries.” Only 1.1% of public libraries across the nation achieve the superlative Five Star rating, and this is the 7th year in a row that the AHML has earned this distinction.

AHML Board President Kerry Pearson and Executive Director Jason Kuhl accepted the Certificate on behalf of the Board at its January 20th meeting. The Board, the staff and the Arlington Heights community that supports the AHML deserve great credit for this outstanding community resource.