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Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) is hosting a junior jobs fair on March 21st at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School. This junior jobs fair is free and is open to high school juniors and seniors and their parents in the 79th District. Various local and state employers, apprenticeships, and institutions of higher learning are available for attendees to meet. Potential applicants should dress to impress and bring several copies of their resumes to hand out. Additionally, Kohl’s Bourbonnais will offer interview coaching.

 “I am proud to host this unique opportunity to allow juniors and seniors across the district to speak with local employers and recruiters. I hope this is helpful to the students in deciding a career path,” Rep. Parkhurst said.

 What: Junior Jobs Fair

 When: Wednesday, March 21st 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 Where: Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School, 700 W. North Rd., Bradley, IL

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

Kankakee, IL - State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) yesterday announced the Illinois House of Representatives passed a joint resolution designating the Armor Road overpass in Bradley as the Sgt. Wilford Ray "Wil" Lewis Memorial Overpass.

“The 79th district is proud to honor Sgt.  Lewis by passing this resolution designating the overpass as the Sgt. Lewis Memorial Overpass,” Rep. Parkhurst stated.

The resolution, HJR 81, was filed at the request of Sgt. Lewis’ family and the Bradley Police Department.

The joint resolution now heads to the Senate for adoption.

Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) today gave an update on flooding in Kankakee County.

“The Kankakee River crested at Momence and Wilmington on Wednesday. Both gauges hit moderate flood stage. Waters are receding fairly quickly,” Rep. Parkhurst stated.

“The area in Kankakee with the most impact was Aroma Park with 75-100 homes affected. The majority of this was either water at the foundation or in the basement. No one has been in a shelter and most residents stayed in their homes. Same for Momence where an estimated 60-80 homes were affected,” continued Rep. Parkhurst.

The United Methodist Church in Aroma Park is providing food/drinks to affected residents and is established as a donation center. Donation centers are also being established in Bradley and Momence.

The Salvation Army will distribute clean-up kits.

Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) announced today Governor Bruce Rauner issued a state disaster proclamation for Kankakee County.
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“Kankakee experienced severe flooding. This proclamation activates state emergency operations in Springfield to coordinate with local officials to keep our residents safe and protect important infrastructure,” Rep. Parkhurst stated.

More rainfall is forecasted.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency's (IEMA) acting director, Jennifer Ricker, is reminding people to use caution when driving in flooded areas and to turn around if roads are flooded.

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.