Kankakee, IL… State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) is pleased to announce two grants worth thousands of dollars to the Bradley Public Library District and the Kankakee Public Library. Project Next Generation (PNG) is awarding a total of $526,790 dollars to 31 public libraries statewide.
PNG is a mentoring program administered through Illinois public libraries. Project mentors work with middle and high school students as the participants develop skills to use various technologies, achieve success through project based learning and gain life skills, such as effective communication, goal setting and conflict resolution.
“These grants are a great boon to our communities’ commitment to producing tomorrow’s leaders,” Rep. Parkhurst said. “If kids are given access to technology and the opportunity to learn from mentors, they will take it. These grants are crucial to providing an environment where our kids can grow and thrive.”
PNG grants are awarded at the discretion of Secretary of State Jesse White, who is also the State Librarian. Kankakee will receive $17,000 dollars while Bradley will receive $27,000 dollars. Recipients were awarded grants from the Illinois State Library using federal Library Services and Technology Act funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Typically, grants are given to public libraries that serve diverse, low income, and underserved populations.
Parkhurst joins other Dupage and Will County Representatives as well as participants from local health departments, law enforcement agencies and hospitals to discuss how to coordinate efforts to combat opioid abuse.

Kankakee, IL – Yesterday, legislation filed by State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) to address the special education hearing officer shortage was signed into law. The legislation, HB 4193 (P.A. 100-849) came at the request of local hearing officers to allow four extra days for the reporting deadline.

“Special Education hearing officers needed relief from the burdensome 10-day rule and this legislation alleviates this burden while ensuring prompt reporting by extending the deadline to 14 days.” Rep. Parkhurst stated.

HB 4193 passed both houses unanimously and was signed by the governor on August 14th.

Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) is inviting constituents to participate in a roundtable forum prior to the General Assembly fall veto session.

“When I did this event earlier this year, I received unique ideas from constituents around the district and turned some of those ideas into bills.” Rep. Parkhurst said.

The roundtable will be on September 6th from 11 am to 7 pm in Rep. Parkhurst’s District Office at 370 E. Court St. in Kankakee. Rep. Parkhurst will be available to listen to constituent ideas to introduce new legislation benefiting the 79th District and Illinois.

Rep. Parkhurst continued, “It is my hope to have a large turnout and hear directly from the people about their ideas on how to better our district and our state.”