From Office - Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst <[email protected]>
Subject Summer Parkhurst Pulse
Date September 18, 2020 7:10 PM
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Welcome to the Summer 2020 Parkhurst Pulse!



Times are challenging, but I hope you stayed safe and enjoyed your summer.



The General Assembly reconvenes for Veto Session in November.



Please contact my District Office with any questions or concerns regarding state issues. We’re here to help!



Lindsay Parkhurst

79th District State Representative



Fighting For You!



Ethics Reform Needed Now!



It truly is a sad “state” of affairs in Illinois when both our sitting Governor and our Speaker of the House are under Federal criminal investigation.  I stand with the Republican Caucus in demanding Governor Pritzker convene a special session of the legislature to debate and present comprehensive ethics reform bills.  Mike Madigan allowed corruption to infiltrate our statehouse. We need to close loopholes in our existing laws to prevent this behavior. Here are ethics proposals House Republicans proposed last year, but which Madigan blocked from moving forward.  It is now clear why.



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79th District Road Improvements



I voted against the out of balance budget and the capital plan because both called for spending money our state did not have; however, knowing the budget and capital plan would pass despite my vote, I fought hard to ensure the 79th District received funds.



I worked especially hard for 4 years with IDOT and 2 administrations having both Governor Rauner and Governor Pritzker visit CSL and tour Armour Road to secure funding for improvements to Amour Road to ease traffic flow.  The Armour Road project spans bridge to bridge and includes lane improvements, adding turn lanes, removing the 4-way stop sign at CSL Behring and replacing it with a stoplight, and coordinating stoplights on Armour Road and Route 50.  Again, I worked 4 years with IDOT and 2 Governors to secure the bridge restructuring and improvements to the ramps at the I-57 Exit 308 Interchange.  Improvements to the road and bridges along I-55 in Grundy County are also funded.



Click link for 79th District projects in IDOT 5-year plan.



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COVID-19 Updates



I signed 3 Letters to Governor Pritzker with a request to re-assign Kankakee County to its own health region as our area has remained well below the 8% threshold set by his office. Kankakee businesses and residents must not suffer by being paired with Will County to make up Health Region 7 because the Region was selected arbitrarily and not on the metrics and not on science. I will continue to fight for the 79th District.







June 12th Letter:



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August 26th Letter:



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September 4th Letter:



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Phase 4 Guidelines:



The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) published the phase 4 guidelines.  Click Link: [link removed]



Around the District



Tag you’re it!



Bradley celebrates new business opening with ribbon cutting ceremony for Hero City Adventure Park.  Congratulations!  Stop by Adventure City to enjoy laser tag, bumper cars, arcade games, archery and more!







August Shred Event



Thank you to MDD Document Destruction for your commitment to our community and another successful free shred event!







KCC Honored Professor



Kudos Dr. Condon—KCC Honored professor



It was my distinct pleasure to congratulate Dr. Condon on her retirement from 31 years of public service with the last 22 at KCC.   Dr. Condon started the paralegal program and raised it to an ABA accredited paralegal degree program.  The program is a success and continues to collaborate with the local legal community and KCC paralegals are practicing throughout our community from local private firms to the courts to the States Attorney and Public Defenders offices.  Thank you, Dr. Condon.







COVID Mortgage Relief!



You may qualify for mortgage relief if you were unable to pay your mortgage due to the effects of COVID-19.  You must meet the requirements.  Click the link for the requirements and application.



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SPOILED?



Did food spoil when you lost power? Due to the recent power outage, ComEd is accepting claims for destroyed food.  To file a claim, click the link:



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Job Board



Are you looking for a new job or a change in career? Check out my job board <[link removed]> 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 requests.



Census



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. Head online and respond <[link removed]>. It takes 5 minutes and it mean actual money for 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 <[link removed]> and encourage your neighbor to respond, too!







VOTING is our most precious freedom!



Kankakee County Voting



Election Day:



November 3rd all polling places open on election day.



Early voting:



September 24th to November 2nd. Click for Kankakee County Clerk early voting places and schedule.



Early voting is in person voting without the lines on Election Day and may be the safer choice if you are concerned about social distancing. Early voting is secure and safe.  Even though I usually vote on election day, I plan to early vote to make sure my vote is secure and counted.  Who knows what the polls will be like and what will happen with mail in voting?  I urge all to early vote.



Mail in Voting: 



Ballot must be postmarked by November 3rd and received by the Clerk by November 17th.



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IDPH issued new health guidelines for state polling locations ahead of the 2020 general election:



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