"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.
Rep. Harris with Chicago Archbishop Cupich 
Representative Harris had the opportunity to meet with the new Roman Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, His Eminence Blase Cupich, at the Inauguration of the Illinois House of Representatives on January 14th.  Archbishop Cupich delivered the benediction prayer at the conclusion of the ceremony.  It is widely expected that Archbishop Cupich will be elevated to a Cardinal of the Catholic Church in the near future.

Rep. Harris is Catholic, and he attended St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights and then Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  He and the Archbishop had a brief but enjoyable conversation about the various challenges that each of them face in the year ahead.

The 99th General Assembly now begins its work for the 2015 and 2016 sessions.  Budget and fiscal matters will be the top priorities for the new General Assembly.