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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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Kankakee, IL - State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) is hosting a jobs fair on July 20th at the Knights of Columbus. The jobs fair is free and open to all residents in the 79th district. The event will have over 50 local, state, and national employers for job seekers to meet. Potential applicants are encouraged to dress to impress and bring several copies of their resumes to hand out to employers. To help interested applicants in their job search process, there will be several workshops offered including "Effective Strategies for State Employment" at 9:15, "How to Write a Resume That Will Get You Noticed" at 10:30, and "I Have an Interview…Now What?" at 11:45. The entire fair will go from 9 am - 12:00 pm.

"Last year this event was very successful. We were able to connect hundreds of candidates with employers. I am happy to host this event once again to help those who are looking for a career change or want to work find work. I hope these workshops and gathering will help residents find the jobs they are looking for," Rep. Parkhurst said about the job fair.

What: Jobs Fair

When: Thursday, July 20th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where: Knights of Columbus, 187 S Indiana Ave, Kankakee, IL

Kankakee, IL – The budget passed on May 31 included much needed funding to fight the opioid epidemic in the 79th District. Parkhurst successfully obtained a budget allocation of a $400,000 grant to Duane Dean Behavior Health Center for community diversion programming.

“The opioid epidemic touches the lives of the people in Kankakee County and the 79th District. I worked with budget leaders and Duane Dean to get this into the budget to fight the opioid epidemic,” Rep. Parkhurst said.

Duane Dean Behavioral Health provides comprehensive services through integrated programs, including prevention and educational resources for substance use/abuse and the disease of addiction. It uses a diverse range of treatment options for individuals and families in Kankakee County, Iroquois County, and counties in east central Illinois and the surrounding vicinity.

Kankakee, IL – On Thursday, the Illinois State House of Representatives voted on bills for a budget plan for the FY 2019 state budget. State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) commented on her votes:

“I applaud the bipartisan effort to present a negotiated and compromised budget, HB 109 and the budget implementation. However, I voted no because the budget does not go far enough to fix our state, but only continues the status quo. It is not a truly balanced budget. It relies on precarious assumptions including one-time revenues from the sale of the Thompson Center. The budget also fails to offer the reforms our state needs to make us competitive. There are no pension reforms, no workers compensation system reforms, no property tax relief, and does not adequately address the state’s six billion dollar bill backlog. This budget simply does not do enough to put Illinois on a path towards long-term fiscal health”

The budget bill, HB 109, passed the House 97-18 and now heads to the governor’s desk for consideration.

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Kankakee, IL - On Memorial Day, the Illinois General Assembly adopted a resolution sponsored by State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) to rename the Armor Road overpass in Bradley, IL.

“This resolution is important to the people of Bradley, their police department, and the Lewis family. By designating this overpass, we honor the memory and service of fallen officer Sgt. Lewis in the line of duty,” said Rep. Parkhurst.

The resolution, HJR 81 designates the Armor Road Overpass as the Sgt. Wilford Ray "Wil" Lewis Memorial Overpass in Bradley, IL. Sgt. Lewis was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and the Bourbonnais Bass Anglers Club and gave his life in the line of duty on November 20, 1997 after serving 22 years with the Bradley Police Department.

HJR 81 passed the House on March 1st unanimously in a 101-0 vote and the Senate on May 28th in a 51-0 vote. The resolution is now adopted by both Houses.