On Friday, State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst toured the Greater Kankakee Area airport with facility managers and local leaders including Kankakee Mayor Nina Epstein Kankakee Sheriff Mike Downey, and Major David Helfrich. 

The tour provided an update on the new national guard center, which began construction in late 2014.  The new facility will be a vital Illinois hub for flight training and maintenance as well as the storage of up to 13 UM-60 Blackhawk helicopters. The expansion of the airport through the new National Guard facility is primarily federally funded and expected to be complete in early summer.

Upon completion, the LED silver rated building will be one of the largest facilities of its kind for the National Guard nationwide. 

Kankakee, IL..... In response to the recent filing by Attorney General Lisa Madigan in St. Clair County to block state worker pay, State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) released the following statement:

"In the midst of crisis and uncertainty, state employees have continued to perform their jobs admirably and should be paid. I find the timing of this motion from Attorney General Lisa Madigan incredibly suspect, especially during ongoing and bipartisan budget negotiations. It is the constitutional responsibility of the General Assembly to pass a balanced budget. State employees have done their job, and it is not their fault the legislature has not done theirs. It is shameful and simply more partisan politics that Attorney General Madigan is using state employees as a bargaining chip. I call on the Attorney General to rescind her motion and instead work with all parties to put forth more constructive and helpful solutions to the problems facing our state."
Springfield, IL… Today the House voted 63-53 to approve the House Rules set forth by Speaker Madigan. Below is a statement from State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee):

“It is disappointing after decades of state mismanagement my colleagues voted to reelect Speaker Madigan and today voted to strengthen his power base by approving his rules for the House. Consolidated power, no matter what party or person, is a hindrance to democracy. Republican Leader Jim Durkin's proposed rules would enhance the House legislative process by providing more transparency to the public and reasserting the representative democracy we the people of Illinois deserve. Sadly, the House Majority voted to affirm business as usual with all the power in one Speaker.”
Kanakakee, IL… State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) is launching a “Valentines for Veterans” program. She is inviting students and other interested citizens to participate in sending handmade greetings and well wishes to those who’ve served their country with pride.

“It’s important to remember our veterans on all holidays and this is a great chance for us to show them the love and appreciation they deserve,” Rep. Parkhurst said. “Part of their service may have involved being away from loved ones, let’s honor them on Valentine's Day. ”

All ages are invited to create a card or drawing. Valentines will be collected at Rep Parkhurst’s office at 370 E. Court Street in Kankakee by February 10th. The cards will be delivered to veterans across the district in time for Valentine’s Day. 

Springfield, IL… With her first piece of legislation, State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) is following through on her campaign promise to promote good government and improve ethics. Rep. Parkhurst filed House Bill 435 to close a loophole that currently allows State Representatives and other state employees to operate businesses that own contracts with the State.

“As State Representatives, our votes decide where to allocate billions and billions of State funds,” Rep. Parkhurst said. “The law needs to be strengthened to avoid any notion of impropriety or conflicts of interest.”
Springfield, IL...State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) today was sworn in to the Illinois House of Representatives officially marking the beginning of the historic 100th General Assembly.

“Illinois is in dire financial shape and Illinoisans continue to lose confidence in the State's ability to navigate through this crisis," stated Rep. Parkhurst. "I welcome the opportunity to work with this new wave of reform minded legislators to address the needs of our state and focus on the issues and not 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 among more than a dozen other freshman sworn in for the first time.

“I am honored to serve as State Representative for the hardworking people of the 79th district that I grew up with and came to know throughout my campaign," continued Rep. Parkhurst. "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 will be opening a new office located at 370 E Court Street in Kankakee. She can also be reached through her new website located at www.RepParkhurst.com.