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Madigan Taps Harris for Key Oversight Committee

(Springfield, IL) — March 31, 2011. State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) has been tapped to serve on a key Illinois House of Representatives oversight panel.

House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) appointed Harris to the bi-partisan Joint Committee on Administrative Rules known in Springfield as “JCAR”.

“It’s a great honor to serve on this committee to ensure that the legislation passed by the General Assembly is properly implemented,” Harris said.  “At a time when we need more responsible government, it is important that we have this committee to provide a system of checks and balances for our state laws.”

Madigan only appoints top flight lawmakers–the brightest, the hardest working–to the influential committee.

JCAR, which has 12 legislators from both the Illinois House and Senate, reviews and approves all regular and emergency rules proposed by all State government agencies and departments. The rule-making process is the nut-and-bolts minutiae of public policy making in Illinois state government. It’s a slog, but vital.

In addition to the review of the rulemaking process, the committee monitors public acts and ensures that state agencies are in compliance state law.

“It’s humbling to be picked by our legislative leaders to serve on this important committee,” Harris said.  “I am confident that by working with my colleagues, we will continue to provide the thorough oversight and government transparency that our state needs to institute meaningful legislation.”

Harris, who has been in the House since 2007, is well-regarded and liked by his legislative colleagues, according to Springfield insiders.

Madigan made a good pick.

About David Ormsby

David, a public relations consultant and blogger at The Huffington Post, is an ex-Press Secretary of the Illinois Democratic Party.

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