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Kankakee, IL – Yesterday, legislation filed by State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) to address the special education hearing officer shortage was signed into law. The legislation, HB 4193 (P.A. 100-849) came at the request of local hearing officers to allow four extra days for the reporting deadline.

“Special Education hearing officers needed relief from the burdensome 10-day rule and this legislation alleviates this burden while ensuring prompt reporting by extending the deadline to 14 days.” Rep. Parkhurst stated.

HB 4193 passed both houses unanimously and was signed by the governor on August 14th.

Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) is inviting constituents to participate in a roundtable forum prior to the General Assembly fall veto session.

“When I did this event earlier this year, I received unique ideas from constituents around the district and turned some of those ideas into bills.” Rep. Parkhurst said.

The roundtable will be on September 6th from 11 am to 7 pm in Rep. Parkhurst’s District Office at 370 E. Court St. in Kankakee. Rep. Parkhurst will be available to listen to constituent ideas to introduce new legislation benefiting the 79th District and Illinois.

Rep. Parkhurst continued, “It is my hope to have a large turnout and hear directly from the people about their ideas on how to better our district and our state.”

Kankakee, IL – Last week, legislation filed by State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) to increase aboveground fuel storage to 12,000 gallons was signed into law. The legislation, HB 4569 (P.A. 100-637) came at the request of local agriculture and transportation businesses to allow facilities for agriculture, construction, or commercial vehicles to store up to 12,000 gallons of a single type of fuel in aboveground storage tanks.

“It is always exciting for a bill you worked on with the community and pushed through the General Assembly to become law. This bill will allow our farmers and trucking companies to easily store the fuel they use for daily operations,” Rep. Parkhurst stated.

HB 4569 passed both houses unanimously and was signed by the governor on July 27th.
Kankakee, IL - State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) invites residents of the 79th Legislative House District to take advantage of a free document shredding event on Saturday, August 25th.

Rep. Parkhurst is partnering with Aroma Park United Methodist Church and Mobile Document Destruction to bring a free shred truck to Aroma Park United Methodist Church at 210 W Third St, Aroma Park, IL. The truck will be available from 9 am to 12 pm. Drivers are asked to follow signs and bring their vehicles up to the truck where volunteers will be available to unload documents. No more than two boxes of shreddable documents will be accepted from each vehicle. The event is rain or shine.

“I am always happy to host these events in our community. These shred events provide a safe and secure way to dispose of unwanted and sensitive documents which aren’t safe to simply throw away in the garbage,” Rep. Parkhurst said regarding the event.

What: Free Shred Truck
Where: Aroma Park United Methodist Church, 210 W Third St, Aroma Park, IL
When: 9 am to 12 pm

For additional information about this event, please call the District Office at (815) 523-7779.

Kankakee, IL - State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) applauds the Illinois State Fire Marshal for awarding over $40,000 from the Small Firefighting and Ambulance Service Equipment Grant Program to fire departments in the 79th District. The recipients, Otto Fire Protection District and Reddick Community Fire Protection District, were announced today by the Illinois State Fire Marshal and the Office of the Governor.

“This grant plays a vital role to ensure our fire and ambulance services in Illinois are equipped with the necessary equipment to carry out their essential functions,” Rep. Parkhurst stated. “With requests of over $9 million from all over the state, and only $2.2 million to give, I am happy to see the Fire Marshal recognize the need in the 79th District with this very competitive grant.”

The Small Firefighting and Ambulance Service Equipment Grant, also known as the Small Equipment Grant Program, is awarded for the purchase of safety equipment, protective clothing, breathing apparatus, and other needed tools. The money for this grant comes from the Fire Prevention Fund. The grants total $2.2 million, with each recipient receiving up to $26,000. Most Illinois fire departments, fire protection districts, township fire departments, and stand-alone, nonprofit ambulance service providers were eligible to apply.

Kankakee, IL - State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) is hosting a drive to address the problems struggling mothers and families face in ensuring a sufficient supply of diapers to keep an infant or toddler clean, dry, and healthy. After last year’s successful drive, Rep. Parkhurst seeks to continue recognizing this need in the community. Donations will directly benefit local mothers in need and will be distributed at National Night Out on August 7th.

“As a community, we are measured most by how we take care of those challenged economically and struggling to make ends meet,” Rep Parkhurst said. “Surprisingly, government assistance programs, like food stamps, cannot be used to purchase diapers. I am asking residents to help me address this important need in our community.”

In addition to diapers, the drive will collect baby wipes and diaper rash cream. In Illinois 52% of births are covered by Medicaid and 23% of families live below the poverty line. However, there are no government subsidies to help purchase diapers and wipes, products which are taxed at the highest sales tax rate.  Diapers and other items will be collected at Rep. Parkhurst’s district office at 370 E Court Street in Kankakee, from now until August 6th. Amazon delivery service is able to mail donations directly to the office.

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