Kankakee, IL – On Wednesday, The Surface Transportation Board (STB) issued a decision on the application by the Great Lakes Transportation, Inc. (GLBT) to construct and maintain a railway. The STB found the GLBT failed to provide the Board with accurate financial information upon which the Board can rely to make a determination on the transportation merits of the project as required. The financial information provided in GLBT’s application, as supplemented, is fundamentally flawed, making it impossible for the Board to determine whether GLBT can meet the statutory criteria.
The financial information submitted by GLBT; therefore, cannot reasonably be relied upon by the Board to determine the financial condition of GLBT under the statutory criteria.

“Victory!” Rep. Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) said about the decision. “The Surface Transportation Board denied the Great Lakes Basin rail way. It is impressive what community unity and togetherness can achieve!”

Rep. Parkhurst has led the charge against the proposal in the Illinois House. Since the initial proposal in May, Rep. Parkhurst has urged constituents to contact the STB to oppose the proposal and sent a letter to the STB herself. Rep. Parkhurst filed a resolution with the Illinois House in May condemning the proposal and secured co-sponsors from every representative in the path. The resolution was adopted by the House in a unanimous vote on June 29th.

The Board found GLBT’s application incomplete and rejected the application.

Because the Board rejected GLBT’s application, the Board discontinued the environmental review process associated with the proposed project.

To view the STB decision, click here.
Kankakee, IL - State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R - Kankakee), together with One Light Self Defense, is hosting a free workshop for women and girls. The event will help them learn avoidance tactics, self-defense misconceptions, offensive techniques, and defensive escapes. The class is at the community room in the Kankakee Valley Rec Center on Friday, September 29th at 6:00 pm.

“The only thought scarier than becoming a victim of violence is being unprepared if the situation arises. Instructors from One Light will ensure women are prepared by teaching skills used in the event of an attack,” Rep. Parkhurst said. “This is a great opportunity for women and girls over 12.”

The One Light mission is to prepare people to avoid, face, and heal from physical violence. Since 2009, One Light traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to teach self-defense skills to girls and trainers who continue to carry on this skill transfer. One Light taught over 100 free self-defense workshops and trained over 2500 people in the United States. Thousands of dollars of donations from workshops are donated to Women At Risk International to use towards their emergency and safe house funds.

Space is limited and registration is encouraged. While the class is free, donations to One Light are appreciated. 100% of donations go to victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, or sexual assault. To learn more about this class, please email Parkhurst@ilhousegop.org or call (815)523-7779. To Register, click here.

Springfield, IL - On Monday, the Illinois State House of Representatives voted on the compromise evidence-based school funding bill. State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) commented on her vote:

“The House considered and voted on the compromise school funding bill and the governor's amendatory veto of SB 1 yesterday evening. I stood firm and voted no on both of these bills and against a Chicago bailout. The compromise bill and SB 1 do not go far enough to address problems plaguing our school system. Chicago still receives an unfair advantage in their funding by including the block grant in their funding minimum and receives a Legacy Pension Credit as a ‘reward’ for skipping 11 years of pension payments. This takes away much needed funds for districts across the state and gives it to Chicago. I applaud Illinois for moving in the right direction for school funding by implementing an evidence-based model, but I could not vote for the compromise bill or the override.”

Kankakee, IL - State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) is bringing together experts and industry insiders for a Human Trafficking Summit at Olivet Nazarene University. The event, free and open to the public, is intended to shine a light on the endemic but little-known practice of human trafficking. The summit is September 28, 2017, at Wisner Auditorium, Olivet Nazarene University,  from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

"Human trafficking is a horrible practice with millions of victims each year.” Part of my role as a state legislator is to help raise awareness of these major yet undiscussed issues," Rep. Parkhurst said about the summit. 

Human trafficking is an international multi-billion dollar industry with an estimated 21 million victims worldwide. Human trafficking comes in various forms including forced labor and commercial sex including approximately 1 in 6 endangered runaway children. There is no official estimate of U.S. victims, but hundreds of thousands of Americans are suspected to be victims. 91% of human trafficking cases are women.

Rep. Parkhurst added, “My goal is to help educate and empower residents of the 79th district to help end this horrific practice.”

Illinois ranks fifth in the nation for cases of human trafficking and Chicago is considered to be a national hub for human trafficking because of the role it plays as a major convention city. The summit will feature a panel of experts from local businesses to law enforcement.

For more information on the event, call Rep. Parkhurst’s office at (815) 523-7779.

Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) was named one of forty rising leaders as an Edgar Fellow. She was selected from over 140 nominees. The Edgar Fellows Program gathers together rising movers and shakers from across the state at a five-day training program at the University of Illinois. This year they will gather in Champaign from August 6th-10th. The program is an initiative designed to inspire emerging leaders to address major policy issues without permitting partisan, ethnic, and regional rivalries to trump statesmanship. It fosters leadership growth amongst its fellows and bipartisan and cross-regional cooperation.

“It is truly an honor to be selected among these other leaders in our great state to participate in this program. I hope to build a lasting relationship with the other honorees during my time and take what I will learn from this program back to the General Assembly so we can work together and put this state on the right track," Rep. Parkhurst said.

Parkhurst was elected as State Representative for the 79th Illinois House District in 2016 and took office in January of 2017. In addition to serving as state representative, Parkhurst owns her own law practice in Kankakee. From 2005 to 2014, Lindsay served as a Kankakee County Assistant Public Defender. The Kankakee area is well represented in this year’s class of Edgar Fellows. Other local fellows include Jacob Lee, Kankakee County Auditor and James Rowe, Kankakee County State’s Attorney.

Former Governor Jim Edgar and the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) are hosting the event for the sixth consecutive year.
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Kankakee IL - State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) hosted a jobs fair this past Thursday, July 29th, at the Knights of Columbus in Kankakee. At least 475 job seekers from across the 79th House district and beyond attended looking for the opportunity for work. Job seekers also benefited from three workshops put on by a representative from the Continuing Education and Career Services Department at Kankakee Community College.

"I am happy to report this jobs fair was a great success," Rep. Parkhurst said about the event. "It’s clear people want to work. As a representative of this community, I’m honored to work with the local business community to help people find employment."

The fair featured 48 local, regional, and national employers seeking to fill open positions. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) received survey 39 responses out of the 48 employers. Those 39 organizations accepted 950 resumes, conducted 32 interviews, and extended 17 conditional job offers at the fair. Survey responders estimate they will hire 414 people from the jobs fair within 12 months.

“This event, while a success, is indicative of failures in Springfield. The sheer number of participants at our fair makes it clear people in Illinois are struggling to find work or meaningful careers. We need to get serious in Springfield about improving the business climate here so we can bring jobs to where they’re needed,” Rep. Parkhurst continued.