Frankfort, IL… Recognizing a need in the community, State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) announces a holiday diaper drive beginning Monday to address the insufficient supply of diapers to keep an infant or toddler clean, dry, and healthy. Donations will be collected at three locations and will benefit Journey, a local non-profit organization that helps struggling young women. 

“It’s the season of giving and in lieu of a food or clothing drive, I wanted to bring attention to an under-served, but still very important, need in our community,” Rep McDermed said. “Most people don’t realize that government assistance programs, like food stamps, don’t cover diapers. I am asking residents to share their good fortune this season and help others who are struggling.”

In Illinois 52% of births are covered by Medicaid and 23% of families live below the poverty line. However, there are no government subsidies to help purchase diapers and wipes, products which are taxed at the highest sales tax rate. Diapers and other items will be collected at Rep. McDermed’s state office, as well as two other locations.

What: Diapers, baby wipes, and diaper rash cream 
Where: Rep. McDermed's office at 11032 W Lincoln Hwy, Frankfort
New Lenox Village Hall at 1 Veterans Pkwy, New Lenox
Frankfort Township Offices at 11000 W Lincoln Hwy, Frankfort
When: November 21st to December 22nd

           With the election behind us, the focus of the General Assembly now turns to the veto session, which begins today. 
           In a statement after the election, Governor Rauner encouraged people to put the campaign rhetoric behind them and come together. He called a meeting of the legislative leaders for yesterday to restart discussions about the many state issues as the fall veto session is scheduled to begin. Speaker Madigan didn’t attend, citing an unspecified schedule conflict. Senate President Cullerton pulled out of the meeting shortly thereafter, but indicated he would be available for a meeting today. Time will tell if the Democrat leaders are serious about addressing the needs of the state.