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State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) will be joined by State Rep. David Welter (R-Morris), State Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee), and several local officials for “Coffee & Conversation,” a free event open to the public March 1.

The event at Whistle Stop, 2080 Main St. in Diamond runs from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., although constituents can arrive at any time.

Image result for coffee“Speaking to my constituents and hearing their thoughts, ideas, and concerns on state and local issues is incredibly important to me as their representative in Springfield,” Rezin said. “I’m excited to host this ‘Coffee & Conversation’ in Diamond so people from the area can interact with their local and state officials in an informal setting.”
“I welcome every local resident to attend our coffee and make their voice heard,” Rep. Welter said. “I look forward to sharing my perspective on the opportunities and challenges we face in Springfield this year, and listening to the concerns of local families and taxpayers.”

“The most important part of being a state representative is listening to my constituents and ensuring they are heard in Springfield,” Rep. Parkhurst said. “I am excited to participate so people in Diamond and the surrounding areas can sit down with their own elected officials.”

Joining Rezin, Welter, and Parkhurst will be Diamond Mayor Terry Kernc, Braidwood Mayor James Vehrs, Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan, and Diamond City Administrator Don Labriola.

Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) this week filed two pieces of legislation to bring greater transparency to park districts and local units of government in Illinois.
The first, HB 4803, creates the Local Government Transparency Act stating any appointed or elected mayor, president, vice president, director, chairman, or other executive may not be appointed, elected, or otherwise be the treasurer of that local government.

HB 4827 amends the park district code stating any elected or appointed president, vice president, or director of a park district cannot also be the treasurer of that park district.

“After what happened to the Kankakee Valley Park District, we must work to restore the people’s faith in government by rooting out corruption and protecting taxpayers,” Rep. Parkhurst stated. “With this legislation, we will increase transparency in park districts and local governments across Illinois and restore checks and balances to ensure taxpayer dollars aren't misused by corrupt public officials.”

Rep. Parkhurst introduced HB 4803 and HB 4827 on February 14th in response to the federal fraud charges against former Kankakee Valley Park District executive director Roy Collins who acted as both the executive director and the treasurer. Both bills are currently in the House Rules Committee. 

No automatic alt text available.State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst continued her program from last year calling the community to come together and collect Valentines for local veterans and received over a thousand handmade cards. Like last year, the call to action began in late January and submissions were sent in from across the 79th District and of all ages. The Valentines were delivered to local veterans right on time for Valentine's Day. Thank you to all active duty and veterans for your service!
Kankakee, IL – On the first day of Spring Session, the Illinois House of Representatives passed three resolutions congratulating the extraordinary achievements by those in the 79th District.

House Resolution 723 congratulates Phil Kambic on being named one of the "Top Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know" by Becker's Hospital Review. Mr. Kambic, named CEO in 2006, guided Riverside to be the largest employer in Kankakee County and under his leadership, the organization received multiple Top 100 Hospital Awards. 

House Resolution 724 congratulates Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School District 307 on being named to the College Board's Eighth Annual AP District Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes districts committed to increasing access to AP courses for underrepresented students while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of three or higher.

House Resolution 725 Congratulates Kankakee Community College (KCC) on receiving a Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The AASHE ranked KCC second in North America for sustainability practices.

“Our district is full of incredible people and amazing organizations accomplishing great things. It is my honor to recognize these achievements with the good wishes, and congratulations, and the support of the entire Illinois House of Representatives," Rep. Parkhurst said.

State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) sponsored all three resolutions and will present a copy of the resolutions to the recipients.

State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) is a co-sponsor of a resolution opposing any state taxes based on the number of miles driven. State Representative Charlie Meier (R – Okawville) filed House Resolution 766 last week in anticipation of new legislation to create these taxes.

“The people of Illinois are subject to some of the highest tax burdens in the country and now we are looking at implementing more taxes.” Rep. Parkhurst said. “This is an undue burden on already struggling families and a Vehicle Miles Traveled tax (VMT) disproportionately affects more rural communities having long commutes to work or school and I will not support it.”

HR 766 lists various proposed mileage taxes and one imposes a fee of 1.5¢ per mile driven; report miles traveled on public, non-tolled Illinois roads using GPS tracking technology in a smartphone app or a tracking device similar to the I-Pass (or EZ-Pass); and monitor the location of each driver to calculate how many miles are driven in Illinois each month. This proposal brought up privacy concerns. Another plan implemented a $450 annual fee.

The full text of the resolution can be found here.


Kankakee, IL – Last week, State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) introduced legislation to help our state’s most vulnerable in the most extreme circumstances. House Bill 4254 comes at the request of local homeless advocates and amends the Good Samaritan Act providing non-profit organizations or their employees who open a temporary overnight shelter are not liable for civil damages except in the case of willful or wanton misconduct.

“Over the past month, our state experienced persistent extreme cold weather often staying well below freezing. Those who wish to help our vulnerable populations should be able to provide a temporary shelter in good faith without fear of lawsuits,” Rep. Parkhurst stated.

HB 4254 was introduced on January 16th and awaits committee assignment.

Click here to read the bill.