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Dugan: Parkhurst’s claims on exit 312 progress another example of Saying One Thing, Doing Another

Following incumbent Lindsay Parkhurst’s touting of progress on the exit 312 interchange project, state Rep. candidate Lisa Dugan issued the following statement:

“Once again, politician Lindsay Parkhurst is taking credit for something she did absolutely nothing to contribute to. Lindsay Parkhurst claims that the I-57 exit 312 interchange project was stalled for 15 years, but if she had been actively engaged in the community, then she would know that Phase 1 started in 2011 after I helped to secure the funding in May 2011. Meetings have been held between the City of Kankakee, stakeholders, and the Illinois Department of Transportation beginning in 2011 and in subsequent years ending in 2015. It should also be noted that Phase II of the project was included and funded in IDOT’s 2016 MYP contrary to statements made by Parkhurst.”

“If anything stalled this project, it’s Lindsay Parkhurst and her allies in Springfield who continue to block reforms that would help our state invest in our infrastructure and fund vital capital projects that would benefit our communities,” Dugan continued. “Lindsay Parkhurst has refused to vote for balanced budgets that fund investment in infrastructure, public safety and our schools. Whether it’s claiming she supports domestic violence shelters while voting against any funding for domestic violence victims, or pointing to local projects that her allies have repeatedly blocked funding for, Lindsay Parkhurst is just another politician who says one thing at home and does another thing in Springfield. As state Representative, I will not only advocate for local infrastructure projects for the Kankakee area in Springfield and work with all members of the community to bring critical developments to our area, I’ll stand by my word by actually voting to fund them.”

“Lindsay Parkhurst’s statements on this issue show that she hasn’t been engaged in our community or on this project,” said Kankakee Alderman Carl Brown. “Lisa Dugan’s record of commitment to Kankakee is unmatched, and as State Representative she’ll fight for resources for our community not just when it’s politically convenient, but because it’s the right thing to do.”

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Resolution proposed to honor police officers killed in I-57 shootout

It happened 39 years ago --- in Ford County. A bloody gunfight at Paxton, on the I-57 overpass.

That overpass will soon be named the “McCarter-Caisse-Vice-Hale Memorial Overpass” --- to honor the law enforcement officers killed in a shootout during a traffic stop that went bad.

Senator Jason Barickman and Representative Tom Bennett sponsored legislation in the Senate and House, respectively, to pay respect to the lawmen who died in the line of duty.

This next week is National Law Enforcement to recognize police officers. An event kicked off the week (Friday) on the Courthouse lawn in Kankakee.

The infamous I-57 shootout at Paxton was on April 7, 1979. The Lampkin Brothers – from Michigan – opened fire on officers during a traffic stop.

The shootout took the lives of Illinois State Trooper Michael McCarter, Paxton Police Officer William Caisse, and a civilian Donald Vice (who was riding along with McCarter, his brother-in-law).

Paxton patrolman Larry Hale was also wounded.

Supporters of the legislation to honor those killed say the resolution is “long overdue.”

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Illinois honor: “Firefighter Dana Schoolman Memorial Highway”

    Senate passes Barickman’s legislation to honor fallen firefighter

Springfield – Illinois is one step closer to honoring the dedication and sacrifice of a firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty 30 years ago, thanks to legislation sponsored by State Sen. or Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and adopted by the Illinois Senate May 10.

“It’s important that we remember and honor those who sacrificed all for our safety,” said Sen. Barickman. “I hope this memorial and Dana’s memory will continue to inspire future generations.”

Dana Schoolman was a volunteer firefighter with the Ashkum Township Fire Protection District for six years. Schoolman was killed in an accident while responding to a medical emergency call on Nov. 6, 1988. He was 31 years old and was survived by his wife, Anne, and two children.

Senate Joint Resolution 8 designates the section of U.S. Route 45 from Illinois State Route 116 to Iroquois County Road 2400 North as the “Firefighter Dana Schoolman Memorial Highway” and directs the Illinois Department of Transportation to place signs denoting it as such.

“November 6 will be the 30th anniversary of his death, so it’s really nice to see this finally moving forward. The Senator and his staff have been amazing, we couldn’t have done this without them,” said Anne Schoolman. “My children and I are so proud of Dana and I’m so glad that he’s finally being recognized for his total sacrifice.”

Senate Joint Resolution 8 is now headed to the Illinois House for consideration in that chamber.

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SBA Outreach Centers opening in Watseka, Kankakee

Flood victims can begin seeking government help this weekend and continuing next week in Iroquois and Kankakee County. Vermilion County will also get SBA support.

The U.S. Small Business Administration announces its Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOC’s) will allow for applications to be submitted. The SBA will help citizens and businesses, affected by the February floods and stormy weather in March, recover from their setbacks.

The Outreach Centers will be open in Watseka, Aroma Park and Danville. Saturday hours are 10 am ‘til 2 pm. Hours next week are 9 am ‘til 6 pm Monday – Thursday. Friday hours 9 am - 4 pm.

The Iroquois County Outreach Center is at the Watseka Union Depot on S. 2nd Street.

Kankakee County has help at the Aroma Park Fire Station #1 on S. Bridge Street.

Vermilion County’s center is at the Administration Building at 201 N. Vermilion Street.

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National Police Week

Law enforcement officials gather today (Friday) at the Kankakee County Courthouse for National Police Week recognition. A week of remembering and saluting police officers begins Sunday.

Several police agencies will participate in today’s event on the north lawn of the courthouse. The program begins at 11 am. The public is welcome.

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