Today, the Governor asked the President to approve federal assistance to help people in Iroquois, Kankakee, and Vermilion counties recover from severe storms and flooding in February. If the Governor’s request for Individual Assistance is approved, people and businesses in the approved counties are eligible to apply for grants and/or low-interest Small Business Administration (SBA) loans.

Additionally, the national and state REALTOR Relief Foundations may have $500 assistance available to mortgage holders. The deadline for these applications are June 15th and June 1st respectively and can be found here.


Kankakee, IL – Earlier this week, State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) cosponsored a resolution opposing a progressive income tax in Illinois.

“Proposals to implement a progressive income tax are a bad gimmick only serving to continue the tax and spend culture in Springfield with higher taxes, saddling taxpayers with the bill,” Rep. Parkhurst stated.

Illinois has among the highest state and local tax burdens in the nation according to WalletHub. Studies show states with progressive income taxes create more tax burdens for the middle class.

“Our state constitution mandates a flat tax. There is only one way to implement a progressive tax without a constitutional amendment which is to raise the income tax and offer various deductions. This creates a very complicated tax code. Families will pay to find all their deductions and many families will see their taxes increase. We simply cannot afford these proposals and I am standing up and saying no new taxes,” Rep. Parkhurst continued.

HR 975 was introduced by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R – Western Springs) on April 10th and currently awaits committee assignment.

Kankakee, IL – Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) testified before a subcommittee of the House Judicial-Civil Committee in a second effort to pass the Good Samaritan Act Temporary Homeless Shelter bill, HB 4254, on behalf of Fortitude Community Outreach. The bill is intended to provide civil immunity for not-for-profit organizations to provide emergency shelter services to the homeless.

“Organizations like churches and non-profits within the 79th District want to open their doors in extreme weather to provide temporary emergency shelters, but do not out of fear of being sued. Those wishing to lend a helping hand in time of need should not fear legal retribution for doing what is right,” Rep. Parkhurst stated.

HB 4254 failed a vote in subcommittee due to the opposition of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. The Coalition says it is better for the homeless to retain their right to sue than to receive temporary emergency services without the right to sue.

Executive Director of Fortitude Canteen Outreach, Dawn Broers of Kankakee County, testified in an earlier hearing, “We have held many conversations with local churches and organizations over the last several months hoping to find one willing to open doors and offer space. The conversation ended with the same roadblock: liability.”

On the same day HB 4254 failed, the same committee passed HB 4191 out of subcommittee granting both civil and criminal immunity to individuals breaking into a vehicle to save a cat or dog.

“It is very disappointing to see the committee is willing to waive liability to save an animal, but not to help a homeless person,” Rep. Parkhurst stated.

Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) is hosting a junior jobs fair on March 21st at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School. This junior jobs fair is free and is open to high school juniors and seniors and their parents in the 79th District. Various local and state employers, apprenticeships, and institutions of higher learning are available for attendees to meet. Potential applicants should dress to impress and bring several copies of their resumes to hand out. Additionally, Kohl’s Bourbonnais will offer interview coaching.

 “I am proud to host this unique opportunity to allow juniors and seniors across the district to speak with local employers and recruiters. I hope this is helpful to the students in deciding a career path,” Rep. Parkhurst said.

 What: Junior Jobs Fair

 When: Wednesday, March 21st 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 Where: Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School, 700 W. North Rd., Bradley, IL

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


Kankakee, IL - State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) yesterday announced the Illinois House of Representatives passed a joint resolution designating the Armor Road overpass in Bradley as the Sgt. Wilford Ray "Wil" Lewis Memorial Overpass.

“The 79th district is proud to honor Sgt.  Lewis by passing this resolution designating the overpass as the Sgt. Lewis Memorial Overpass,” Rep. Parkhurst stated.

The resolution, HJR 81, was filed at the request of Sgt. Lewis’ family and the Bradley Police Department.

The joint resolution now heads to the Senate for adoption.

Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) today gave an update on flooding in Kankakee County.

“The Kankakee River crested at Momence and Wilmington on Wednesday. Both gauges hit moderate flood stage. Waters are receding fairly quickly,” Rep. Parkhurst stated.

“The area in Kankakee with the most impact was Aroma Park with 75-100 homes affected. The majority of this was either water at the foundation or in the basement. No one has been in a shelter and most residents stayed in their homes. Same for Momence where an estimated 60-80 homes were affected,” continued Rep. Parkhurst.

The United Methodist Church in Aroma Park is providing food/drinks to affected residents and is established as a donation center. Donation centers are also being established in Bradley and Momence.

The Salvation Army will distribute clean-up kits.

Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) announced today Governor Bruce Rauner issued a state disaster proclamation for Kankakee County.
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“Kankakee experienced severe flooding. This proclamation activates state emergency operations in Springfield to coordinate with local officials to keep our residents safe and protect important infrastructure,” Rep. Parkhurst stated.

More rainfall is forecasted.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency's (IEMA) acting director, Jennifer Ricker, is reminding people to use caution when driving in flooded areas and to turn around if roads are flooded.


State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) will be joined by State Rep. David Welter (R-Morris), State Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee), and several local officials for “Coffee & Conversation,” a free event open to the public March 1.

The event at Whistle Stop, 2080 Main St. in Diamond runs from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., although constituents can arrive at any time.

Image result for coffee“Speaking to my constituents and hearing their thoughts, ideas, and concerns on state and local issues is incredibly important to me as their representative in Springfield,” Rezin said. “I’m excited to host this ‘Coffee & Conversation’ in Diamond so people from the area can interact with their local and state officials in an informal setting.”
“I welcome every local resident to attend our coffee and make their voice heard,” Rep. Welter said. “I look forward to sharing my perspective on the opportunities and challenges we face in Springfield this year, and listening to the concerns of local families and taxpayers.”

“The most important part of being a state representative is listening to my constituents and ensuring they are heard in Springfield,” Rep. Parkhurst said. “I am excited to participate so people in Diamond and the surrounding areas can sit down with their own elected officials.”

Joining Rezin, Welter, and Parkhurst will be Diamond Mayor Terry Kernc, Braidwood Mayor James Vehrs, Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan, and Diamond City Administrator Don Labriola.

Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) this week filed two pieces of legislation to bring greater transparency to park districts and local units of government in Illinois.
The first, HB 4803, creates the Local Government Transparency Act stating any appointed or elected mayor, president, vice president, director, chairman, or other executive may not be appointed, elected, or otherwise be the treasurer of that local government.

HB 4827 amends the park district code stating any elected or appointed president, vice president, or director of a park district cannot also be the treasurer of that park district.

“After what happened to the Kankakee Valley Park District, we must work to restore the people’s faith in government by rooting out corruption and protecting taxpayers,” Rep. Parkhurst stated. “With this legislation, we will increase transparency in park districts and local governments across Illinois and restore checks and balances to ensure taxpayer dollars aren't misused by corrupt public officials.”

Rep. Parkhurst introduced HB 4803 and HB 4827 on February 14th in response to the federal fraud charges against former Kankakee Valley Park District executive director Roy Collins who acted as both the executive director and the treasurer. Both bills are currently in the House Rules Committee. 

No automatic alt text available.State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst continued her program from last year calling the community to come together and collect Valentines for local veterans and received over a thousand handmade cards. Like last year, the call to action began in late January and submissions were sent in from across the 79th District and of all ages. The Valentines were delivered to local veterans right on time for Valentine's Day. Thank you to all active duty and veterans for your service!
Kankakee, IL – On the first day of Spring Session, the Illinois House of Representatives passed three resolutions congratulating the extraordinary achievements by those in the 79th District.

House Resolution 723 congratulates Phil Kambic on being named one of the "Top Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know" by Becker's Hospital Review. Mr. Kambic, named CEO in 2006, guided Riverside to be the largest employer in Kankakee County and under his leadership, the organization received multiple Top 100 Hospital Awards. 

House Resolution 724 congratulates Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School District 307 on being named to the College Board's Eighth Annual AP District Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes districts committed to increasing access to AP courses for underrepresented students while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of three or higher.

House Resolution 725 Congratulates Kankakee Community College (KCC) on receiving a Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The AASHE ranked KCC second in North America for sustainability practices.

“Our district is full of incredible people and amazing organizations accomplishing great things. It is my honor to recognize these achievements with the good wishes, and congratulations, and the support of the entire Illinois House of Representatives," Rep. Parkhurst said.

State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) sponsored all three resolutions and will present a copy of the resolutions to the recipients.

State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) is a co-sponsor of a resolution opposing any state taxes based on the number of miles driven. State Representative Charlie Meier (R – Okawville) filed House Resolution 766 last week in anticipation of new legislation to create these taxes.

“The people of Illinois are subject to some of the highest tax burdens in the country and now we are looking at implementing more taxes.” Rep. Parkhurst said. “This is an undue burden on already struggling families and a Vehicle Miles Traveled tax (VMT) disproportionately affects more rural communities having long commutes to work or school and I will not support it.”

HR 766 lists various proposed mileage taxes and one imposes a fee of 1.5¢ per mile driven; report miles traveled on public, non-tolled Illinois roads using GPS tracking technology in a smartphone app or a tracking device similar to the I-Pass (or EZ-Pass); and monitor the location of each driver to calculate how many miles are driven in Illinois each month. This proposal brought up privacy concerns. Another plan implemented a $450 annual fee.

The full text of the resolution can be found here.


Kankakee, IL – Last week, State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) introduced legislation to help our state’s most vulnerable in the most extreme circumstances. House Bill 4254 comes at the request of local homeless advocates and amends the Good Samaritan Act providing non-profit organizations or their employees who open a temporary overnight shelter are not liable for civil damages except in the case of willful or wanton misconduct.

“Over the past month, our state experienced persistent extreme cold weather often staying well below freezing. Those who wish to help our vulnerable populations should be able to provide a temporary shelter in good faith without fear of lawsuits,” Rep. Parkhurst stated.

HB 4254 was introduced on January 16th and awaits committee assignment.

Click here to read the bill.

Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) continued the “Valentines for Veterans” program launched last year. She invites students and other interested citizens to participate in making handmade valentine greetings with well wishes to our veterans who served our country with pride.

“I started this program last year to ensure our veterans are not forgotten on any holiday. Once again, this is our chance to show our Vets the love and appreciation they deserve,” Rep. Parkhurst said. “Let’s honor them on Valentine's Day for loving our country and keeping us safe.”

All ages are invited to create a card or drawing. Valentines will be collected at Rep Parkhurst’s office at 370 E. Court Street in Kankakee by February 8th. The cards will be delivered to veterans across District 79 in time for Valentine’s Day.




Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) announced today the School District Library Grant Program through the Illinois State Library issued grants to school districts throughout the 79th District.

“Libraries provide overwhelming support to the education of students in our schools,” Rep. Parkhurst stated. “I am happy to see continued support for our students from the State Library.”

The School District Library Grant Program is designed to help provide more library books and materials for the students of public schools in Illinois. The state legislature authorized up to a $.75 per pupil expenditure for qualifying schools. The grant award is based on funds appropriated by the General Assembly and the official enrollment of a school District as of the previous September 30th.

“As a former public school teacher and administrator, I know our school libraries are very important in helping students learn and prepare themselves for the future,” said Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White. “Illinois was the first state to implement a school district grant program for libraries, and I am pleased that we can continue to provide them with some of the financial resources they need to produce well-educated students.”

Schools in the 79th District were issued grant money totaling over $12,000 to support school district libraries. The grant monies will be processed by the Secretary of State office next week. For a list of 79th District Libraries receiving grants, please contact my office at 815-523-7779 or www.repparkhurst.com.