Rep. Harris presents Certificate of Recognition to Marilyn Genther and her Senior Staff.

State Representative David Harris recently presented a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives to the Mount Prospect Public Library (MPPL) for being named one of the "Best Small Employers in the Chicagoland Area for 2014" by the Chicago Tribune.  The MPPL was 24th on the list of 100 Small Employers.

"It is great to see that the local Mount Prospect Public Library has such quality dedication to its employees.  Not only is the MPPL an outstanding public resource for the citizens, it is an outstanding employer to its workforce," said Harris.  "Marilyn Genther, the Executive Director at MPPL, and her senior staff deserve credit for earning this distinction."

Upon word of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s passing, State Representative David Harris issued the following statement.  

“Judy was a wonderful woman and a stalwart of the Illinois GOP.  She was our standard-bearer in 2006 for Governor and will always be remembered for her incredible public service.  She will be missed by all.”  - State Representative David Harris  

Rep. Harris, in conjunction with Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Arlington Heights Memorial Library, is offering free diabetes screenings on Friday, November 14th, at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The screenings will be provided in the Hendrickson Room on the second floor of the library.

November 14th is National Diabetes Day, and Rep. Harris encourages everyone to take advantage of this free screening. Diabetes is a serious problem, and if it is detected early corrective action can be taken to avoid serious complications. Again, there is no charge for the screening, and it is not necessary to fast prior to taking the test.

Call Rep. Harris's district office with any questions : 224-764-2440.
The Illinois State Police Merit Board has opened the application process for the position of Illinois State Police Trooper.

The Merit Board encourages interested individuals to visit its website,, and apply by following the link to the “Online Application” form on the main page.

Individuals who successfully complete the application and return the required documents will be instructed to complete the Recruitment Test through self-identified email.

Individuals who successfully pass the Recruitment Test will be placed into the eligibility pool. Once a cadet class is scheduled, the Merit Board will initiate the Selection Process, which consists of the PFit Exam, Backgrounds, Oral Interviews and Certification.

State Representative David Harris (R-Arlington Heights), joined by State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) and Senator Matt Murphy (R-Palatine), held a public forum on Tuesday, Oct. 21st to inform constituents and hear comments about Senate Bill 16, a significant rewrite of Illinois’ school aid formula.

State Representative David Harris, State Senator Matt Murphy and State Representative Tom Morrison will host a Town Hall Meeting on Senate Bill 16.  SB 16 makes major changes to education funding in our State, and the impact of those changes are significant for the districts in our northwest suburban area.

Town Hall Particulars:

Location:       Metropolis Theater - 111 West Campbell in downtown Arlington Heights (there is a large parking garage ½ block south of the theater on Vail).

Time:             Tuesday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Attendance:   Open to all interested in education funding

Participants:  Three area legislators, Chris Koch, Illinois Superintendent of Education and a representative of Advance Illinois, the key group advocating for Senate Bill 16

Senate Bill 16 passed the Senate in the Spring session.  It could come for a vote in the House at any time when the legislature returns to session after the election, so this is a timely topic.  Given the importance of the bill, I hope you will try to attend the Town Hall.
State Representative David Harris was one of the featured speakers at the Grand Re-opening of the newly remodeled McDonald's restaurant on Dundee Road in Arlington Heights recently.

While there, he got to meet the very well-known Ronald McDonald. Harris took a couple of pointers from Ronald on how to work a crowd and the best way to enjoy a Big Mac.

Seriously, Harris was honored to say a few words about the McDonald's Corporation, a great Illinois corporation and the largest restaurant company in the world, and about Sue Conley, the local McDonald's operator, who provides good jobs for her employees and offers good food at reasonable prices to her customers.

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Earlier this year, Claire, Brooke and Maddie -- three third graders from Patton School in Arlington Heights -- contacted State Representative Harris to ask him to take action to prevent the operation of "puppy mills" in Illinois.

Last year the General Assembly passed a law known as "The Puppy Lemon Law" that would severely minimize the operation of puppy mills in our state. However, the penalties for violation of the Animal Welfare Act were fairly minimal, so Rep. Harris proposed increases in the penalties to make violations of the act more financially painful. This would apply to puppy mills as well as offenses against other animals.

Claire, Brooke and Maddie got their school behind support of the bill, and they personally came to Springfield to testify in support.

Their hard work paid off. The bill passed the House and Senate and was signed into law by Governor Quinn this past week.

CHICAGO -- Legislation proposed by three suburban Chicago third graders to better protect pets is now Illinois law.Gov. Pat Quinn signed a measure Saturday increasing fines for mistreating or abusing animals. Supporters say it targets unethical operators of puppy mills. Read more.