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Oct 13, 2016

Politifact Illinois Says “Kate Cloonen’s Pants Are on Fire!”

“In a campaign ad posted on Facebook, Cloonen said, “Lindsay Parkhurst wants to take away programs like Social Security and Medicare that seniors have earned throughout their lifetimes.” “With Social Security and Medicare being federal programs, state lawmakers have no say in setting benefit levels for these programs. “Additionally, Parkhurst has not previously held elected……

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Oct 13, 2016

Kate Cloonen Declares Herself A Casualty of the Budget Impasse, Complains About Not Being Paid

Lindsay Parkhurst supports “No Budget, No Pay” to force politicians in Springfield to pass a balanced budget which would fund services like the River Valley Metro bus system This morning, State Representative Kate Cloonen held a press conference under false pretenses concerning a lack of state funding for the River Valley Metro Mass Transit District….…

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Oct 4, 2016

Parkhurst Condemns Reports of Vote-Buying for Kate Cloonen in Kankakee

Allegations Reek Of Chicago-Style Campaign Tactics According to Capitol Fax today, the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office issued a press release describing an ongoing investigation of voter fraud and vote-buying activity in Kankakee.  Specifically, there are reports of “individuals from Chicago offering gifts to potential voters in exchange for a vote for Kate Cloonen, Hillary……

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Sep 28, 2016

Kate Cloonen Spreads Desperate Lies About Lindsay Parkhurst

Cloonen Campaign Falsely Claims Parkhurst Will Cut Federal Programs Recently, State Rep. Kate Cloonen’s campaign has began airing false attacks against Lindsay Parkhurst for allegedly wanting to cut federal programs like Social Security and Medicare. Unbeknownst to Cloonen, Federal programs cannot be altered or impaired by members of the General Assembly or any elected officials in……

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Sep 27, 2016

More Proof Kate Cloonen is Part of the Madigan Machine

Cloonen Transfers $200,000 to Madigan in Past Five Days “Each dollar Kate Cloonen gives Mike Madigan is more proof that she is looking out for his Chicago political machine and not the voters of the 79th district. Cloonen just committed $200,000 to help Madigan consolidate his grip over Illinois. We need a representative who understands that……

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Aug 29, 2016

Home Is Worth Fighting For: Why I’m Running For State Representative

For most of its history, Illinois – our home – was a beacon of freedom and opportunity. Public servants like Abraham Lincoln and Everett Dirksen represented our state with integrity and ushered in new eras of progress. Entrepreneurs founded companies such as John Deere and Caterpillar. These innovators actually built things and brought jobs and……

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Aug 26, 2016

Democracy Obstructed, Madigan Wins Lawsuit Against Fair Maps in Illinois Supreme Court

Kankakee – Lindsay Parkhurst, candidate for 79th District State Representative, issued the following statement upon the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision to keep the Independent Map Amendment off the November ballot: “Yesterday, the Illinois Supreme Court failed to give much-needed relief to citizens who are fed up with Mike Madigan’s rigged system. Hundreds of thousands of voters……

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May 14, 2016

Cloonen called out for playing Candy Crush (Daily Journal)

Will this image appear in your mailbox as the election campaign season ramps up? Chances are it will. The Illinois Republican Party made sure media outlets were aware of the video footage of Illinois state Rep. Katherine “Kate” Cloonen, D-Kankakee, and another state Democrat playing video games during a budget session last month. The image……

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May 12, 2016

Caught on camera: Lawmakers play video games during budget debate (WCIA)

When people vote a lawmaker into office, they’d expect them to always be focused on their job. But during a budget session in April, some lawmakers played video games during a major debate over higher education funding. Another lawmaker, State Representative Katherine Cloonen (D-Kankakee) was seen playing Candy Crush during the same debate. She put……

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May 3, 2016

In first debate between Cloonen, Parkhurst, Springfield’s divide emerges (Daily Journal)

Parkhurst, in her first campaign for political office, came out with an unequivocal stance against taxation and support for many of the reforms being sought by Gov. Bruce Rauner… “I’m against all tax increases and all new taxes,” said Parkhurst, a Kankakee attorney, who took little time criticizing her opponent. “My opponent has voted twice……

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