Welcome to the March Parkhurst Pulse!
St. Patrick hopes you stayed home this year.
Spring Session is canceled through the end of the month, but bill
deadlines extended to April 4.
Please contact my District Office with any questions or concerns
regarding state issues. We’re here to help!
Very truly yours,
79th District State Representative
Fighting For You!
In mid-March, the State of Illinois began issuing orders and
guidance to protect residents against a novel coronavirus known as
COVID-19. Not much is known about the virus other than it spreads by
respiratory droplets from person to person within six feet. There is
no cure or vaccine to protect us. However, there are worldwide
reports of anecdotal successful treatment with anti-malarial drugs
combined with antibiotics. Thank you to American Industry who is
working hard to find treatments, vaccines, cures, and manufacturing
personal protective equipment, ventilators, and hand sanitizer.
America is truly a great nation. #proudtobeansmerican
I closed my office to the
public and asked my staff to work remotely. We are still offering
constituent services and can be reached by email at repparkhurst.com or by phone
We ate working hard to keep
you updated with the latest information. My
website is updated daily with the community resources,
calls to action, and information for the 79th District. Illinois House
Republicans are offering rolling updates and news from the state at ilcovid19info.com.
Just because we are at home with our families, doesn't mean
there is no work to do. This month, I communicated with opponents and
proponents of my dyslexia bill, HB
4406, to make our bill better. We all recognize children with
dyslexia slip through the cracks and are erroneously labeled
behavioral problems or another learning disability. When session
returns, I will file the new bill op language so our children will be
screened. Sign the petition below to tell the General Assembly you
support HB 4406 which screens our children for dyslexia risk factors
and empowers teachers to recognize the early signs.
Around the District
Staying safe and staying home is the best thing we can do to stop
the spread of COVID-19.
Promoting HB 4406
I joined Former Blackhawk and 2010 Stanely Cup Champion
right here in Bourbonnais on The
Valley WVLI 92.7 FM and River
Country-101.7 FM to discuss HB 4406 and the great work of
Sopel Foundation! #1in5 have dyslexia and it is
important to identify characteristics early so these children receive
the resources they need.
On March 18, I joined Omayra Giachello from the Illinois
Department of Public Health to give a live update of COVID-19. You can
Supporting local business
Under the governor's executive
orders, restaurants and bars must shut down dine-in services. However,
many local small businesses are offering take-out and delivery to keep
their employees working. I have highlighted a business who is offering
alternative services on my
Facebook page. Check it out! Want to be featured? Send me a
Part of my job as a state
representative is to assist you with navigating problems with state
agencies. From assisting gun owners with FOID and CCL applications to
navigating the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, my office
successfully assisted 15 constituents in the month of February. It is
my pleasure to serve you!
Are you looking for a new job or a change in career? Check out my
board for job search resources and local listings. If you are an
employer, check out the link above to find out how to send job posting
Want something to do while you are at home? Respond to the
Census! You may have received mail from the Census Bureau with a code.
online and respond. It takes 5 minutes and can mean more funding
for our schools, roads, and human services!
I already responded! Please be counted and encourage others to be
counted. We lose money locally and statewide for everyone not counted.
When you're done, you can see how our country, state, county, and
village is responding. Check
out the Census response rate map and encourage your neighbor to
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