Hailed as a “passionate advocate for what’s fair and just,” Illinois House Majority Leader Greg Harris on Monday announced he will not seek reelection, capping a 15-year legislative career that saw him rise to the second most powerful position in the state House.

The North Side Democrat’s nearly three years as majority leader in the House under former Speaker Michael Madigan and current Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch made Harris the first openly gay member of the legislative leadership team. Harris is also HIV positive.

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