Illinois Senate Elects Don Harmon As Next President

Dave Dahl
January 19, 2020 - 6:20 pm
Illinois Senate Elects Don Harmon As Next President

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SPRINGFIELD (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Illinois state senators voted today to elect Sen. Don Harmon, a Democrat from Oak Park, as the chamber's new president, its first new leader in more than a decade.

Harmon's primary opposition was Sen. Kimberly Lightford, the current Illinois Senate majority leader who's a Democrat from Maywood.

The change in leadership comes in the wake of current Senate President John Cullerton's impending retirement. 

Harmon is currently an assistant majority leader in the Senate, where he's served since 2003. Harmon represents the 39th District, which includes parts of Oak Park, Franklin Park, Melrose Park, Bensenville and more, including O'Hare International Airport.

Illinois Senate Elects Don Harmon As Next President
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