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Kankakee, IL – On Thursday, Governor Pritzker signed SB 337, Gun Dealer Licensing, to require state licensing of all Illinois gun stores. Below is a statement from State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee):

“Sworn into office only days ago, Governor Pritzker began his assault on our 2nd Amendment rights. I voted “No” on this bill because this licensing is duplicitous and grows the regulatory burden on our gun stores. Not only do our gun stores already require federal licensing through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), this bill requires licensing through the Illinois State Police, and steep fees for the state license small and local shops simply cannot afford. The result is more restricted access to exercise our 2nd Amendment rights. I am disappointed in Governor Pritzker’s disregard for the 2nd Amendment.”

State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) was sworn in to serve in the Illinois House of Representatives for the 101st General Assembly on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

Inauguration of the 101st General Assembly
“The State of Illinois faces many challenges going forward including our tax burden, pensions, bill backlog, and confidence in government,” Rep. Parkhurst stated. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to find real solutions to these problems and not just relying on political expediency.”

The 118 members of the Illinois House of Representatives were sworn in at noon at the University of Illinois in Springfield before family, friends, and supporters. Rep. Parkhurst, a practicing defense attorney, was first sworn in on January 11, 2016 with the historic 100th General Assembly.

“I am truly honored to return to Springfield and serve as State Representative for the good and hardworking people of the 79th District,” Rep. Parkhurst continued. “My office is open to everyone and I look forward to and encourage constituents to contact me for help and to discuss issues for our district. I’m excited to get to work on behalf of my district and the entire State of Illinois.”

The 79th District consists of portions of Grundy, Kankakee, and Will Counties. Representative Parkhurst office is located at 370 E Court Street in Kankakee. Constituents can reach her through her website at

State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) continued the “Valentines for Veterans” program launched two years ago. She invites students and other interested citizens to participate in making handmade valentine greetings with well-wishes to our veterans who served our country with pride.

“I started this program in 2017 to ensure our veterans are not forgotten on any holiday. Once again, this is our chance to show our Vets the love and appreciation they deserve,” Rep. Parkhurst said. “Let’s honor them on Valentine's Day for loving our country and keeping us safe.”

All ages are invited to create a card or drawing. Valentines should be delivered to Rep. Parkhurst’s office at 370 E. Court Street in Kankakee by February 8th. The cards will be delivered to 79th
District veterans at the Manteno Veteran's Home in time for Valentine's Day.

State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) invites constituents to participate in a roundtable forum before the General Assembly convenes for the spring session of the 101st General Assembly.

“In the last General Assembly, I hosted two roundtables to hear the ideas of the 79th District to make Illinois better. I am proud to say these ideas turned into bills in the General Assembly. I am happy to reach out once again to hear ideas directly from the 79th District,” Rep. Parkhurst said.

The roundtable is January 15th from 5 pm to 7 pm in Rep. Parkhurst’s District Office at 370 E. Court St. in Kankakee. Rep. Parkhurst will be available to listen to constituent ideas to introduce new legislation benefiting the 79th District and Illinois for the spring legislative session. For constituents who wish to submit their ideas, but are unable to attend, a submission box is available at

January 1, 2019, there are 253 new laws in effect.“The General Assembly was busy this past year with many new laws effective January 1st. We should become familiar with these new laws because they impact our district,” State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst stated. Here are several new laws of interest to the residents of the 79th District:
  • Allowing human trafficking victims to bring a civil action
  • Firearm Restraining Order Act
  • Rear-Facing Child Seat
  • Domestic Violence Order expanded
  • Updates to child support calculations
Allowing human trafficking victims to bring a civil action (Public Act 100-1037, House Bill 2063)"Victims of human trafficking should get the justice they deserve," Rep. Parkhurst stated. The changes to the Crime Victims Compensation Act allow applicants or victims of human trafficking an easier time meeting the notification and cooperation with law enforcement requirements for eligibility.  The bill increases the time frame for reporting for victims of human trafficking. Firearm Restraining Order Act (Public Act 100-607, House Bill 2354)The Firearm Restraining Order Act allows for a family member or law enforcement to petition the court for an order prohibiting possession of firearms by an individual if they pose a significant danger of causing personal injury to themselves or other by possessing a firearm. The order may be issued on an emergency ex parte basis or for 6-months. The Court is required to make specific findings before issuing the order. "As a lawyer, I see these protective orders abused in family court on a regular basis and did not support this bill. However, this bill is now law, and it is important our district is well informed of the new laws going into effect," Rep. Parkhurst said. Rear-facing child seat (Public Act 100-672, House Bill 4377)Children under age two must be secured in an approved rear-facing child seat (instead of a forward-facing car seat) while riding in a vehicle."The concern for the safety of our young children is paramount in our state. Rear-facing seats are safer for children under two in the unfortunate event of a collision and we protect Illinois' youngest with this new law," Rep. Parkhurst added. Domestic Violence Order of Protection expanded (Public Act 100-639, House Bill 4796)Foster parents, legally appointed guardians, adoptive parents, and prospective adoptive parents are added as persons protected under the Domestic Violence Act and the Protective Orders Article in cases involving domestic violence."It is important we protect victims of domestic violence in our state. This new law expands who is protected to include other legal guardians such as foster or adoptive parents to domestic violence orders of protection," Rep. Parkhurst stated. Updates to Maintenance “Spousal Support” (Public Act 100-923, Senate Bill 2289Starting January 1, 2019, Illinois’ maintenance (spousal support) formula in 750 ILCS 5/504 the new federal tax code maintenance payments are not tax deductible to the payor and not taxable to the recipient. To minimize the financial impact of this shifting tax burden, this new law reduces maintenance payments made by a paying spouse to a recipient spouse."Our state is adjusting to the new federal tax code by adjusting the maintenance calculation" Rep. Parkhurst commented. To view the full list of 253 new laws scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2018, click here.

State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) today announced the 79th District office is partnering with the Marine Corps Reserve for the Toys for Tots program for a second year.

“Our goal is to help economically challenged children in the 79th District enjoy a Merry Christmas and have Happy Holidays. Please look for a donation box and donate a new, unwrapped toy for a child in need.” Rep. Parkhurst said.

Rep. Parkhurst has a collection box in the 79th District Office at 370 E Court Street in Kankakee. The final day to drop of new, unwrapped toys is December 10th. Additional drop off locations can be found on the Kankakee Toys for Tots website at

Online Registration to receive toys will be open until December 1st. For questions relating to the Toys for Tots program including registration and distribution, please contact the Kankakee Coordinating Officer, Gail Oliver at 815-277-9229. The 79th District office can be reached at 815-523-7779.

Kankakee, IL - Representative Lindsay Parkhurst distributed a district-wide survey to the residents of the 79th District. Rep. Parkhurst's intent for the survey was to seek insight into the views of the residents on key issues.

"Thank you to all who took the time to participate in my legislative survey,” Rep. Parkhurst stated. "It is my job as State Representative to bring the ideas, interests, and concerns of the 79th District to Springfield. With these answers, I am better prepared to work for the people."

The survey consisted of 7 questions for participants to answer. The results are as follows: