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State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) today announced the 79th District office is partnering with the Marine Corps Reserve for the Toys for Tots program for a second year.

“Our goal is to help economically challenged children in the 79th District enjoy a Merry Christmas and have Happy Holidays. Please look for a donation box and donate a new, unwrapped toy for a child in need.” Rep. Parkhurst said.

Rep. Parkhurst has a collection box in the 79th District Office at 370 E Court Street in Kankakee. The final day to drop of new, unwrapped toys is December 10th. Additional drop off locations can be found on the Kankakee Toys for Tots website at

Online Registration to receive toys will be open until December 1st. For questions relating to the Toys for Tots program including registration and distribution, please contact the Kankakee Coordinating Officer, Gail Oliver at 815-277-9229. The 79th District office can be reached at 815-523-7779.

Kankakee, IL - Representative Lindsay Parkhurst distributed a district-wide survey to the residents of the 79th District. Rep. Parkhurst's intent for the survey was to seek insight into the views of the residents on key issues.

"Thank you to all who took the time to participate in my legislative survey,” Rep. Parkhurst stated. "It is my job as State Representative to bring the ideas, interests, and concerns of the 79th District to Springfield. With these answers, I am better prepared to work for the people."

The survey consisted of 7 questions for participants to answer. The results are as follows:

Kankakee, IL…  Vampires aren’t the only ones interested in your blood. Area residents are encouraged to sign-up to donate blood at an upcoming blood drive to be held at the Limestone Township Library in Kankakee on Wednesday October 24th from 2:00-6:00pm. This is the 2nd annual Halloween blood drive sponsored by State Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee). This year she is partnering with the Red Cross. Those interested in donating blood should call Rep. Parkhust’s office to schedule an appointment at (815) 523-7779 or visit

Contrary to popular belief, donating blood is not scary, it is quick, easy, and has a tremendous impact,” Rep. Parkhurst said. “I encourage local residents to sign-up today to come out for a great cause and save lives.”

More than 500 donations are needed daily to save patient lives and donating one unit of blood can help save up to 3 livesMost individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health are eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Those wishing to donate do not have to wear a costume.

 “We can’t manufacture blood; it’s a precious resource that depends on the generosity of others,” Rep. Parkhurst continued. “Don’t be a ‘hemogoblin’, donate and help make a real difference!”

Please call Rep. Parkhurst’s office with any questions. Walk-ins are accepted, but scheduling an appointment is highly preferred.

Kankakee, IL… State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R- Kankakee) is pleased to announce the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) instructed its agencies to release grant funds towards the deferred maintenance projects at Kankakee State Park.

“This is huge news for the many residents and Kankakee visitors who are understandably upset and outraged over the continued closure of Kankakee State Park campgrounds," Rep. Parkhurst said. “This park is the jewel in the crown of Kankakee County and reopening the Chippewa and Potawatomi campgrounds will restore our park to its former glory and grow our area.”

In 2012, it was determined extensive renovations were needed at Kankakee State Park’s campgrounds. These improvements included demolishing and removing two waste water plants, replacing one treatment plant, and constructing a holding tank at the Chippewa campgrounds. At the Potawatomi campgrounds, crews are needed to remodel and double the amount of showers and toilets.

The total amount of funds necessary to complete these projects and reopen the Kankakee State Park Campgrounds is $1.855 million. Earlier this week, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources released $255,000 and today the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity released $1.6 million in grant money.

“Since taking office, I worked with different parties to ensure these campgrounds are reopened as quickly as possible,” Rep. Parkhurst continued. “Thank you to the Governor’s office and all other stakeholders who are steadfastly working with me to get the campgrounds, which are such an important part of our community, reopened.”

Both campground projects are still in the beginning phases, but with these funds they can securely move forward with an expected spring 2019 reopen date.

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.