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!