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.
Equifax, an Atlanta based credit-rating agency, suffered a security breach on July 29th exposing sensitive information of millions of Americans including social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit card numbers, birthdays, and addresses. The breach affected 5.4 million Illinois residents.

The company set up a website to check if your information was compromised: www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is investigating this security breach and called on Equifax to provide free credit freezes to all Illinois residents. She urges Illinois residents to take the Equifax breach seriously and take steps to protect themselves from the possibility of identity theft:

  • Seriously consider placing a credit freeze on your credit reports with all 3 consumer reporting agencies: TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax;
  • Regularly request your free credit reports, inspect them carefully, and promptly dispute any unauthorized accounts;
  • Inspect all financial account statements closely and promptly dispute any unauthorized charges;
  • Consider placing alerts on your financial accounts, so your financial institution alerts you when money above a pre-designated amount is withdrawn;
  • Beware of potential phishing emails; don't open any email messages or attachments from unknown senders and do not click on any unknown links.
  • Fraudsters will frequently send coercive and misleading emails threatening account suspension or worse if sensitive information is not provided. Remember, businesses will never ask customers to verify account information via email. If in doubt, contact the business in question directly for verification and to report phishing emails; and
  • Be on the lookout for spoofed email addresses. Spoofed email addresses are addressed with minor changes in the domain name, frequently changing the letter O to the number zero, or the lowercase letter l to the number one. Scrutinize all incoming email addresses to ensure the sender is truly legitimate.

With questions on the data breach, contact Equifax at 866-447-7559, or the Illinois Attorney General’s Identity Theft Hotline at 1 (866) 999-5630.