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Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) and Kankakee County Board Chairman Andy Wheeler announced today Kankakee County submitted its Request for Proposal (RFP) to Amazon outside of the Illinois RFP package. Rep. Parkhurst commented:

“The Governor submitted a Chicago only proposal for the State’s RFP for Amazon HQ2. We respect the Governor’s decision, but are not letting this discourage us. The Kankakee County RFP is an inspired, inventive, imaginative, and innovative plan quite different from most submissions. Chairman Wheeler and Kankakee County presented a visionary, comprehensive, and conceptual plan for Amazon H2Q. Our RFP thinks outside the box.”

Kankakee, IL – Today, State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) announced her office will be partnering with Cell Phones for Soldiers to make her district office an official drop-off location.

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“For all our soldiers do and veterans did for our country, we must give back and support them. The members of our military, past and present, make enormous sacrifices. Often, they are separated from their families across the country or across the globe. By partnering with Cell Phones for Soldiers, the 79th District helps soldiers and veterans speak to their loved ones thousands of miles away. I’m asking for your help.  Please donate an old cell phone or tablet. ” Rep. Parkhurst said.

Cell Phones for Soldiers is a national non-profit charity dedicated to serving soldiers and veterans with free communications and emergency funding. Newer or gently-used cell phones and tablets from all wireless carriers are accepted and help provide free talk time.
Kankakee, IL – Yesterday, Republican Leader Jim Durkin appointed State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R - Kankakee) to the Racial Profiling Prevention and Data Oversight Board.

The Racial Profiling Prevention and Data Oversight Board serves in an advisory role to recommend policy or legislative changes to eliminate racial profiling and to promulgate model policies for police agencies designed to protect individuals' civil rights related to police traffic enforcement.

 “I look forward to joining this oversight board. I hope to find ways to ensure the rights of all Illinoisans are protected,” Rep. Parkhurst said.

Kankakee, IL – Republican Leader Jim Durkin appointed State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) to the Illinois Steel Development Board and the Protection of Individuals with Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System Task Force.

The Illinois Steel Development Board researches and develops ways to increase the use of American steel produced, used, or transported by Illinois companies.

“I am very excited to be appointed to the Illinois Steel Development Board,” Rep. Parkhurst said. “Steel production is important in Illinois and we should be doing all we can to promote American steel and Illinois companies.”

Leader Durkin also appointed Rep. Parkhurst to the Individuals with Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System Task Force. The task force recommends policies and legislation to best protect public safety and the rights of those with disabilities in the criminal justice system.

“I am looking forward to offering my expertise as a lawyer to this task force. The rights of all Illinoisans need to be protected.” Rep. Parkhurst said.

Kankakee, IL – Kankakee County officially submitted the Amazon HQ2 Request for Proposal (RFP) to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). The county submitted the RFP ahead of the 2:00 pm deadline yesterday to officially include Kankakee County in the Illinois Statewide RFP. State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) and Kankakee County Board Chairman Andy Wheeler lead the effort by meeting with state and community leaders to prepare and submit the RFP. Rep. Parkhurst commented:

“I am very proud we were able to work as a team to meet the State‘s deadline.  Chairman Andy Wheeler and everyone involved worked hard to make this happen. This proposal thinks outside the box and offers Amazon an inspired, innovative, imaginative, and inventive proposal.  It is definitely not the cookie cutter proposals offered by metropolitan cities.  Kankakee County offers so much from location to landscape and we hope Amazon will see this and be a part of our community. ”


Kankakee, IL – Area residents are encouraged to sign-up to donate blood at an upcoming Blood Drive to be held at Rep. Parkhurst’s District Office from 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm on Monday, October 23rd. The Blood Drive is sponsored by State Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) with Heartland Blood Centers. Those interested in donating blood should call Rep. Parkhurst’s office to schedule an appointment at (815) 523-7779 or visit www.repparkhurst.com.

Donors are required to be in good general health and feeling well, be at least 17-years- old (or 16-years- old with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 lbs. Additional weight requirements apply for donors 18-years- old and younger and all high school donors.

Healthy means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, healthy also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control. If you are not feeling well on the day of your donation, you may reschedule.

“Give more life by giving blood!” Rep. Parkhurst said. “We need a healthy and reliable blood supply, so please help by donating.”

Rep. Parkhurst’s District Office is located at 370 E. Court St. Appointments can be made here or by calling Rep. Parkhurst's office at 815-523-7779.
Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) and Kankakee County Board Chairman Andy Wheeler met with representatives from the Governor’s office, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to request Kankakee County’s inclusion in Illinois’ statewide proposal for Amazon’s ‘HQ2’ this morning.

“The Kankakee County proposal offers an inspired, inventive, imaginative, and innovative plan quite different from most submissions. Plus, Kankakee County is the ideal location for transportation, water resources, workforce, accessibility, and other opportunities. Our workforce has a ready to work attitude and an unmatched desire to grow and develop a thriving economy,” Rep. Parkhurst stated.

Amazon’s ‘HQ2’ is accepting proposals for a second headquarters and Illinois is in the running. The ‘HQ2’ would provide tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investments.

“Chairman Wheeler presented a visionary, comprehensive, and conceptual plan as a candidate for a potential ‘HQ2’ location in Illinois’ Amazon’s ‘HQ2’ proposal,” said Rep. Parkhurst.

The statewide proposal is due October 25th to Amazon.