Harmon cruises to Democratic primary win
Longtime incumbent state Sen. Don Harmon, fending off a 39th Senate District Democratic primary challenge Tuesday night, says he still has a lot of things to accomplish during the remainder of his current term, and if he is elected in November to a fifth term.
With 143 of 144 precincts reporting, Harmon bested Bob Galhotra, an attorney in the Cook County public defender's office, 9,669 votes to 2,087, according to unofficial results.
Harmon, 47, an Oak Park lawyer who has represented the 39th Senate District since 2003, could run unopposed in the general election because the Republicans have not slated a candidate.
Harmon said he would push for a graduated income tax -- what he calls a "fair tax" -- as well as changes to the state's concealed carry law that would require businesses that permit guns to put up storefront signs saying so.
Galhotra, 47, a one-time union leader, said he decided to run against Harmon because of the senator's vote for pension reform last December.
The district includes all or parts of Rosemont, Bensenville, Wood Dale and Addison, among other communities.