Parkhurst, Joyce herald opening of Kankakee River State Park Potawatomi Campground

Local legislators reach across the aisle to achieve completion of renovation project

State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) and State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) reacted to an announcement from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources today that the Kankakee River State Park Potawatomi campground is scheduled to reopen October 1. The two legislators worked together closely to cut through red tape of multiple state agencies to get the project completed so the campground, shuttered since 2015 amid a lack of capital funding to complete needed renovations, can finally reopen to the public. 

Representative Parkhurst stated “The Kankakee River State Park is a treasure we need to maintain and protect.   I worked and fought for progress on getting both the Potawatomi and Chippewa campgrounds open since taking office in 2017 despite road blocks and administrative red tape at every turn.  When Senator Joyce was appointed, I asked for his cooperation and support in this battle and he gladly accepted.  We both have deep roots in this community and are happily and successfully working together, despite all the partisan politics in our state, to improve the 79th District.  We care about our community and it took both of us, on both sides of the aisle, to accomplish the opening of the campground.   Great things can happen when you put community, not politics, first.  We will continue to work together to reopen the Chippewa campground.”

Senator Joyce stated “During my time representing this district, I have worked tirelessly to ensure this remarkable resource is available to residents across this region. I am proud of the bipartisan work Representative Parkhurst and I accomplished to bring this campground to the people we represent.  The park is a community staple that I am happy folks will have access to utilize and enjoy. As we kick off the fall season and more families are choosing to travel locally during the pandemic, the timing for the opening of the Kankakee State Park Potawatomi Campground could not be more perfect. We will all continue work together to get Chippewa campgrounds open next.”

For questions or more information, please contact or Representative Parkhurst’s office at (815) 523-7779 or online at repparkhurst.com or contact  Senator Joyce’s office at (708) 756-0882 or online at senatorpatrickjoyce.com.