Harmon re-elected senate president

Elected to a full two-year term

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

The Illinois Senate Dec. 3 re-elected Oak Park's Don Harmon as senate president, this time for a full two-year term, according to Shia Kapos, in Politico's Illinois Playbook.

Harmon, first elected to the Illinois Senate in 2002, took over as senate president earlier this year to serve the remainder of former Senate President John Cullerton's term, following Cullerton's retirement in early 2020.

The Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus threw its support behind Harmon, who will begin his full-term Jan. 13 as president of the Illinois Senate's 102nd general assembly.

"I am honored and humbled to have the support of my colleagues to serve as president of the Illinois Senate," said Harmon in a statement sent to Wednesday Journal by the caucus.

"We have a fantastically talented collection of Senate Democrats who are ready to make their mark, solve problems and lead Illinois through an upcoming year that will be filled with both challenges and accomplishments."


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William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: December 7th, 2020 3:41 PM

We certainly can find common ground on the pension COLA compounding at 3 percent annually. It's unsustainable and fiscally irresponsible.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: December 7th, 2020 2:30 PM

Nick Polido you points are very agreeable although that will limit people from wanting to get into politics. The biggest job a politician has is keeping the job. I am cynical when it comes to politics although like to think there will be a politician to come along and really make a change to lower the cost to citizens. I suppose if you do not expect it, you will not get it

Nick Polido  

Posted: December 7th, 2020 2:19 PM

Both party's have their fingerprints on the fiscal mess we find ourselves in. Their needs to be reforms specifically, term limits, end gerrymandering, pension reform especially the 3% COLA compounding and an immediate stop for politicians who benefit from state business through their law practices and other businesses while serving and yes , I know Senator Harmon recently resigned this year from his Law practice.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: December 7th, 2020 2:08 PM

With politics you have to market and I have noticed on OakPark.com that Dan Moroney is averaging a 60 percent rate each time I log on to OakPark.com That is some very good impressions on the rotating ads. Also, like the color and design. It is very close to the Oak Park logo and it links directly to the campaign website. This is how good campaign marketing works and joining with Trustee Andrews who has already established a good social interaction on facebook makes it a good team

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: December 7th, 2020 12:53 PM

Go look at things when Pate Phillips and Lee Daniels were in charge, T. Mac. You'll have to get off your high horse to do it.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: December 7th, 2020 10:39 AM

Fund raising is such hard work in Oak Park. You make a deal to support the local billionaire's ability to sell pot legally, and he cuts you a big check. You run in a gerrymandered district where no one even bothers trying to run against you, so you lavish that big check on your peers to buy their support. Welcome to Pottersville.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: December 6th, 2020 10:26 PM

Everyone has to start some where and once you get the support, you can move up in whatever position you seek if the timing is right. It takes a lot of work and meeting the right people, and when you make it, you thank the people who put you there. That is when the work begins and you find out if the person can perform well and that is when you know the person earned it. Trump worked hard and obviously did not earn it because he could not deliver what the majority expected

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: December 6th, 2020 8:07 PM

That was for Cullerton's unexpired term. Last week Harmon's fellow senators once again voted for him, this time for a full 2-year term.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: December 6th, 2020 8:06 PM

Amazing. This was all covered in the papers and political blogs, but, for those who never heard, Harmon was just one of six people seeking the job when John Cullerton stepped down in November 2019. . .He and Sen. Lightford became the front runners, and secret ballot in, I believe, December was 22 Harmon, 17 Lightford. She was supported by some influential senators, including Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz, Heather Steans and Andy Manar, among others. . .In the end, Harmon won because of his track record in the senate, his fund raising capabilities and the fact that his exceptionally effective Democratic Party of Oak Park had given key campaign assistance to numerous senate (and House) colleagues. In other words, Harmon EARNED the position, and his fellow senators voted for him.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: December 6th, 2020 6:11 PM

Brian Slowiak I would assumed he was groomed for the position so people would have known when the opening was right, then he would move in. Most everything I have noticed down to local governments work that way. So, I would agree with you

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: December 6th, 2020 5:10 PM

@ Bill Maxwell: I have stated I do not know who picked Don Harmon. Yes, it might be my assumption that someone or group of someones picked Harmon. . I doubt that the job was merely unfilled and Harmon saw that and grabbed the position. I doubt it was Madigan because there are no clemency issues involved in Harmons new post.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: December 6th, 2020 3:43 PM

Tom MacMillan from recalling the Superman series, Jimmy Olson use to come across a lot of good stories although Clark Kent seemed to always get the byline and Louis Lane, just smiled and thought of the day she would married Superman. Jimmy Olson was also The Planet's photographer so he did rather well being a photographer and coming across stories. This was the television series and maybe you are referring to the comic books and maybe Jimmy Olson was not a photographer in the comic book

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: December 6th, 2020 2:38 PM

Jimmy Olson figured it out and put it into his permanent record. He asked a real reporter, because you know, Jimmy isn't lazy

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: December 6th, 2020 1:33 PM

Rich Miller, who publishes the widely respected Capitol Fax newsletter, noted last January prior to the Harmon-Lightford vote that "Someone begged me last night to tweet that Speaker Madigan was getting involved for Harmon. But when I asked who MJM had contacted and was given a name, that Senator told me Madigan had called him about something else." Par for the course. When you bother to go just one or two layers in, all the old "political boss" yang you hear from uninformed, lazy people falls apart.

Dave Slade from Oak Park  

Posted: December 6th, 2020 12:45 PM

Damn right he was selected, by The King himself. Madigan is realizing it is time to pass the torch and Harmon has been learning at the feet of the Master for years.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: December 6th, 2020 11:56 AM

Brian Slowiak You think Don Harmon was selected. That is not knowing so you know not to move to discover who until you first know and not think because that is an assumption

Gary S Collins  

Posted: December 6th, 2020 9:37 AM

The corruption in the Illinois Democratic party has destroyed the finances of State and Cook County Hard to be optimistic when we are facing bankruptcy!!

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: December 6th, 2020 9:36 AM

I think Don Harmon was hand picked. The issue now is who picked him.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: December 5th, 2020 6:36 PM

You don't know what you're talking about T. Mac.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: December 5th, 2020 5:07 PM

Hand picked by Madigan. Nothing fantastic.

Jeffrey Smith  

Posted: December 5th, 2020 10:11 AM

Yes, bring back Herr Rauner! He vill make Illinois grate again! Achtung, baby!

Nick Polido  

Posted: December 5th, 2020 7:35 AM

The Democratic Party has controlled the Senate since 2003, the House (Madigan) since 1982, with the exception of 1995 and 1996, the governorship 2003 thru 2014 and during these years the Democratic party had the trifecta, full control of the House, Senate and Governorship! Senator Harmon says: "We have a fantastically talented collection of Senate Democrats who are ready to make their mark, solve problems and lead Illinois through an upcoming year that will be filled with both challenges and accomplishments." Dan Slade couldn't have said it better "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss"

Dave Slade from Oak Park  

Posted: December 4th, 2020 6:15 PM

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

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