Kankakee, IL - State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) is hosting a drive to address the problems struggling mothers and families face in ensuring a sufficient supply of diapers to keep an infant or toddler clean, dry, and healthy. After last year’s successful drive, Rep. Parkhurst seeks to continue recognizing this need in the community. Donations will directly benefit local mothers in need and will be distributed at National Night Out on August 7th.

“As a community, we are measured most by how we take care of those challenged economically and struggling to make ends meet,” Rep Parkhurst said. “Surprisingly, government assistance programs, like food stamps, cannot be used to purchase diapers. I am asking residents to help me address this important need in our community.”

In addition to diapers, the drive will collect baby wipes and diaper rash cream. In Illinois 52% of births are covered by Medicaid and 23% of families live below the poverty line. However, there are no government subsidies to help purchase diapers and wipes, products which are taxed at the highest sales tax rate.  Diapers and other items will be collected at Rep. Parkhurst’s district office at 370 E Court Street in Kankakee, from now until August 6th. Amazon delivery service is able to mail donations directly to the office.

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Kankakee, IL - State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) is hosting a jobs fair on July 20th at the Knights of Columbus. The jobs fair is free and open to all residents in the 79th district. The event will have over 50 local, state, and national employers for job seekers to meet. Potential applicants are encouraged to dress to impress and bring several copies of their resumes to hand out to employers. To help interested applicants in their job search process, there will be several workshops offered including "Effective Strategies for State Employment" at 9:15, "How to Write a Resume That Will Get You Noticed" at 10:30, and "I Have an Interview…Now What?" at 11:45. The entire fair will go from 9 am - 12:00 pm.

"Last year this event was very successful. We were able to connect hundreds of candidates with employers. I am happy to host this event once again to help those who are looking for a career change or want to work find work. I hope these workshops and gathering will help residents find the jobs they are looking for," Rep. Parkhurst said about the job fair.

What: Jobs Fair

When: Thursday, July 20th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where: Knights of Columbus, 187 S Indiana Ave, Kankakee, IL

Kankakee, IL – The budget passed on May 31 included much needed funding to fight the opioid epidemic in the 79th District. Parkhurst successfully obtained a budget allocation of a $400,000 grant to Duane Dean Behavior Health Center for community diversion programming.

“The opioid epidemic touches the lives of the people in Kankakee County and the 79th District. I worked with budget leaders and Duane Dean to get this into the budget to fight the opioid epidemic,” Rep. Parkhurst said.

Duane Dean Behavioral Health provides comprehensive services through integrated programs, including prevention and educational resources for substance use/abuse and the disease of addiction. It uses a diverse range of treatment options for individuals and families in Kankakee County, Iroquois County, and counties in east central Illinois and the surrounding vicinity.