In January, the Illinois House of Representatives passed two resolutions to honor long serving members of the Kankakee community. 

House Resolution 33 congratulates Sheriff Timothy Bukowski's on his retirement after 39 years of service to the Kankakee police department. Sheriff Bukowksi is a US army veteran who was appointed Sheriff in 1996.

House Resolution 36 congratulates Kankakee Fire Chief Ron Young, a position he has held since 2004, on his retirement. Chief Young served as a firefighter for over 30 years. 

State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst, who sponsored HR 33 and 36, presented a copy of the resolution to Sheriff Bukowski at a Kankakee County Board meeting week. 

"It was an honor to recognize the achievements of Sheriff Bukowski and to present him with the good wishes and congratulations of the entire Illinois House of Representatives," Rep. Parkhurst said. 

Springfield, IL... In response to Governor Rauner's budget address earlier today, State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) has issued the following statement:

"I am renewed and heartened by the Governor’s budget address. Illinois is the heart of America and I am committed to working together to balance the budget and grow our economy. I agree and the reason I am representing the 79th district is to work together to get something done. Our focus needs to be on ending this longstanding budget crisis as soon as possible, but equally important, our focus needs to be on fixing the structural and economic problems plaguing our state. I applaud the Governor for continuing to focus our budget priorities on education and our most vulnerable citizens. The people we represent deserve more than a higher tax burden, they deserve our best efforts to prioritize spending, expand opportunities, and ensure good government. I fully support a good deal for the taxpayers and realize we cannot tax our way to a balanced budget. Our state needs to think anew and act anew and I am willing to work to see it happen."

The Governor's Budget Bluebook can be found here.
State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst put a call out to the community to collect Valentines for local veterans and received over a thousand handmade cards. The campaign started a few weeks ago and submissions were gathered across the 79th district from schools and individuals. The valentines were delivered to the Manteno Veterans Home as well as the local VFW and American Legion. 
Rep. Parkhurst, still a registered girl scout herself, helped the Limestone Girl Scout GCNWI Troop #189 make valentines  

State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst, together with State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena), toured the Manteno Veteran's Home earlier today. The Kankakee County home opened in 1986. The facility, one of only 4 state run veteran's homes, houses nearly 300 senior veterans

In addition to housing and caring for seniors, the Manteno facility holds the only state run veterans homeless facility. The Prince Program helps take homeless veterans off the street and addresses their root problems so that they are soon able to stand on their own two feet. The program opens up access to drug counseling, education, and jobs. 

"I want to commend the great work being done by the staff at Manteno," Rep. Parkhurst said. "They are doing everything they can to make sure our veterans are well taken care of, and rightfully so."

Springfield, IL… State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) announced her committee assignments for the 100th General Assembly today, including appointments to the two standing judiciary committees, Civil and Criminal, and the Special Committee on Restorative Justice.

“As a practicing lawyer, I look forward to bringing my expertise to the table and weighing in on the important civil and criminal matters that will come before my committees” said Rep. Parkhurst. “The Special Committee on Restorative Justice is a fairly new committee formed with the express purpose of helping ex-offenders, especially juveniles, successfully reintegrate into society and reduce recidivism. I am ready and willing to be a part of the Governor’s admirable goal of reducing Illinois’ overburdened prison population by 25% within the next decade.”

In addition, Rep. Parkhurst was also appointed to the House General Services Appropriations Committee and the Committee on Transportation; Roads and Bridges.

“My priority in Springfield is first and foremost my district,” Rep. Parkhurst added. “The Kankakee area is a major player in the state’s role as a transportation hub. I plan to use my position on the committees I am assigned, including the transportation committee, to work with other legislators so together we can move the state, and thereby the 79th district, forward.”

Rep. Parkhurst is eager to hear from constituents on these issues and can be reached through her new website located
Hippocrates Medical Center, which will provide free medical care for those who need it, celebrated its opening in Kankakee