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Kankakee, IL - State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) invites residents of the 79th Legislative House District to take advantage of a free document shredding event on Saturday, August 25th.

Rep. Parkhurst is partnering with Aroma Park United Methodist Church and Mobile Document Destruction to bring a free shred truck to Aroma Park United Methodist Church at 210 W Third St, Aroma Park, IL. The truck will be available from 9 am to 12 pm. Drivers are asked to follow signs and bring their vehicles up to the truck where volunteers will be available to unload documents. No more than two boxes of shreddable documents will be accepted from each vehicle. The event is rain or shine.

“I am always happy to host these events in our community. These shred events provide a safe and secure way to dispose of unwanted and sensitive documents which aren’t safe to simply throw away in the garbage,” Rep. Parkhurst said regarding the event.

What: Free Shred Truck
Where: Aroma Park United Methodist Church, 210 W Third St, Aroma Park, IL
When: 9 am to 12 pm

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

Kankakee, IL - State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) applauds the Illinois State Fire Marshal for awarding over $40,000 from the Small Firefighting and Ambulance Service Equipment Grant Program to fire departments in the 79th District. The recipients, Otto Fire Protection District and Reddick Community Fire Protection District, were announced today by the Illinois State Fire Marshal and the Office of the Governor.

“This grant plays a vital role to ensure our fire and ambulance services in Illinois are equipped with the necessary equipment to carry out their essential functions,” Rep. Parkhurst stated. “With requests of over $9 million from all over the state, and only $2.2 million to give, I am happy to see the Fire Marshal recognize the need in the 79th District with this very competitive grant.”

The Small Firefighting and Ambulance Service Equipment Grant, also known as the Small Equipment Grant Program, is awarded for the purchase of safety equipment, protective clothing, breathing apparatus, and other needed tools. The money for this grant comes from the Fire Prevention Fund. The grants total $2.2 million, with each recipient receiving up to $26,000. Most Illinois fire departments, fire protection districts, township fire departments, and stand-alone, nonprofit ambulance service providers were eligible to apply.

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.