Sen. Harmon's vote on school funding

The pain of it

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By Jim Bowman

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Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown praises Oak Park Democrat Sen. Don Harmon for casting "a tough vote. A principled one, too" for a change in allocating state money to local schools that would shortchange Oak Park schools.

It pained Harmon to vote with the party "on a partisan 31-21 vote"?

Not as much as it would have pained him to vote otherwise, making it 30-22.

Not near as much.

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John Butch Murtagh  

Posted: June 3rd, 2016 1:51 PM

I am not a Harmon fan but on this issue I agree with his vote.

Christos Haralambidis  

Posted: June 3rd, 2016 1:24 PM

Just like Danny Davis, we are in the midst of taxation without representation. Man i hate gerrymandering.

James Peters  

Posted: May 14th, 2016 6:04 AM

Harmon is just a cog in the Cook County Democratic machine. Does what his is told, while trying to look like a friend of those who vote for him. Not only does he want to take $$ from OP Schools, he's a proponent of the "Progressive" state income tax which will take more $$ from the state's middle class.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: May 13th, 2016 10:37 PM

If Harmon wants to do something for the people, he should resign. That would save one paycheck for the state to pay. Its not like he is representing Oak Park anyway.

Nick A Binotti  

Posted: May 13th, 2016 12:44 PM

This could cost D97 $5 million per year in state funding and knock down the state's education contribution to our schools to a mere 7% of our overall budget (By way of comparison, CPS get 33% of their funding from the state and is clamoring to mismanage more at our expense). And D97 is locked into a teachers contract that extends into 2018 which I'm guessing didn't take into account such a drastic cut in state funding. Just an epic fail of representation.

Rick Boultinghouse  

Posted: May 13th, 2016 12:12 PM

Senator Kimberly Lightford voted for this as well. If this moves through the house in this fashion and is signed into law, this would be a very significant hit to D-97 finances.

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