Chicago, IL ~ The Illinois Senate is the upper chamber of the Illinois General Assembly, the legislative branch of the government of the state of Illinois in the United States. The Illinois Senate is made up of 59 senators elected from individual legislative districts determined by population. The Democratic Party of Illinois currently holds a majority in the Illinois Senate.
Reverend James Meeks is vacating his 15th District Senate seat. Five candidates, including a former NFL linebacker, Napoleon Harris, want his job. Sports fans may recognize candidate Napoleon Harris. The former Northwestern and NFL linebacker opened two restaurants in the south suburbs featuring his favorite pizza. Now the businessman is taking a run at politics.
Napoleon Harris grew up in the tiny suburb of Dixmoor, Illinois. He was raised in a single parent household after the death of his father. His mother, Brenda Harris, instilled into Napoleon the values of citizenship and education.Harris attended Lincoln Elementary School, Rosa Parks Middle School and Thornton High School in Harvey, Illinois. It was at Thornton High School where Harris excelled as a tri-star athlete. Moreover, Napoleon Harris was at great student. He maintained himself as an honor student throughout his academic career.
Napoleon was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 2002 NFL Draft. He went on to play seven full seasons in the NFL. He also played with the Minnesota Vikings and the Kansas City Chiefs. While playing in the NFL he started the Napoleon Harris Foundation. Through his foundation, Napoleon Harris is said to have helped countless teenagers receive college scholarships. With the continued assistance from generous sponsors, Harris has assisted with not only scholarship assistance, but with enhancing the upward mobility and the educational development of these youths.
During a recent interview, by host, Ms. Rhonda B., on the “Voices of Mass Discussion” cable TV talk show Napoleon was asked, “Why him?,” and “why now?” Harris shared that he does not view his run for Senate as a selfish desire. He view his run more as of hope to the countless young men and women who have dismal viewpoints of their elected leaders. Harris offers to bring a breath of fresh air enhanced by values, integrity and progressive ideas. Harris is very concerned about the lack of a Trauma Unit south of 95th Street in Cook County. He has brought together Healthcare professionals and consultants throughout Cook County to examine and find solutions to how this issue can be resolved. This healthcare issue is an interesting concern, considering that the lack of such facilities has taken place under the all-powerful, soon to be retired, Rev. James Meeks, and the current county commissioner, Deborah Sims.
In addition to his healthcare platform Napoleon Harris seem to share the vision of the 2nd congressional district candidate, Debbie Halvorson, about the importantance of bringing jobs to the southland region. He states that he has met with area business leaders and investors to find ways of forming job creation. Harris thinks that southern Cook County could be a Mecca for manufacturing and retail organizations. During the campaign he plan to present extensive plans and concepts that can lead to short term job creation and growth.
The Illinois Senate convenes at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. Its primary duties are to pass bills into law, approve the state budget, confirm appointments to state departments and agencies, act on federal constitutional amendments and propose constitutional amendments for Illinois. It also has the power to override gubernatorial vetoes through a three-fifths majority vote. The Illinois Senate tries impeachments made by the House of Representatives, and can convict impeached officers by a two-thirds vote.
Voting in the Illinois Senate is done by members pushing one of three buttons. Unlike most states, the Illinois Senate allows members to vote yes, no, or present. It takes 30 affirmative votes to pass legislation during final action. The number of negative votes does not matter. Therefore the use of the present vote has the same effect as voting no. Under the Illinois Constitution of 1970, senators are divided into three groups, each group having a two-year term at a different part of the decade between censuses, with the rest of the decade being taken up by two four-year terms.