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Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) announced today a status report for the Kankakee River State Park Campgrounds. Rep. Parkhurst commented:

"The closure of Kankakee State Park Potawatomi and Chippewa campgrounds was due to the budget impasse. Since I took office, I worked with Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) in an effort to reopen the campgrounds.  Here is a status update on the projects and my efforts.
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Kankakee River State Park Potawatomi Campground
It was determined in 2012 renovations were needed for one of the main buildings and there was also a need for a new sewage treatment plant to accompany the facility. Work began and was approximately 70 – 80 % complete when it was suspended in 2015 because of the lack of a capital budget.
I am happy to report this project was restarted the first week of September with funds from the Capital Development Board (CDB). The original contractor awardees are in the process of submitting increased fees and other necessary work processes have begun. The increased fee proposal process should take approximately two to three weeks with approval expected by mid to late October. Once this is done, actual construction work can begin as most of the materials are already onsite. Most of the work needed is interior and can move forward regardless of weather. The campground is expected to reopen Spring 2019.
Kankakee River State Park Chippewa Campground
This campground was closed for approximately two years because of the inability to meet Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) requirements for chlorinated water.
A new, small water treatment facility needed to be built at the camp site and a request was made for plans to be created. The initial plans exceeded the available funding for the project at that time. The project was then scaled down to fit within the monetary budget constraints. However, in July 2018, additional funding was provided to build a more suitable structure on site.
Currently, this project is still in the design state, but that process is 90% complete. Once the design is approved by the CDB, construction is expected to begin in early Spring 2019.
I am monitoring the status of Kankakee State Park with great interest as I know it is an important part of our community. I am committed to reopening of the park campgrounds and I will continue to work with the IDNR to see the projects for both campgrounds stay on track."  

Kankakee, IL… State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) is pleased to announce two grants worth thousands of dollars to the Bradley Public Library District and the Kankakee Public Library. Project Next Generation (PNG) is awarding a total of $526,790 dollars to 31 public libraries statewide.
PNG is a mentoring program administered through Illinois public libraries. Project mentors work with middle and high school students as the participants develop skills to use various technologies, achieve success through project based learning and gain life skills, such as effective communication, goal setting and conflict resolution.
“These grants are a great boon to our communities’ commitment to producing tomorrow’s leaders,” Rep. Parkhurst said. “If kids are given access to technology and the opportunity to learn from mentors, they will take it. These grants are crucial to providing an environment where our kids can grow and thrive.”
PNG grants are awarded at the discretion of Secretary of State Jesse White, who is also the State Librarian. Kankakee will receive $17,000 dollars while Bradley will receive $27,000 dollars. Recipients were awarded grants from the Illinois State Library using federal Library Services and Technology Act funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Typically, grants are given to public libraries that serve diverse, low income, and underserved populations.
Parkhurst joins other Dupage and Will County Representatives as well as participants from local health departments, law enforcement agencies and hospitals to discuss how to coordinate efforts to combat opioid abuse.

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.