Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) this week filed legislation to clarify the Illinois TRUST Act, which was signed into law in September. The legislation, House Bill 4136, ensures local jails, such as the Jerome Combs Detention Center in Kankakee, are allowed to continue to contract with the federal government to legally detain federal inmates.

“When the TRUST Act was signed into law, many local law enforcement entities from across the state expressed their concerns with how the new law will affect their ability to contract with the federal government to detain inmates,” said Parkhurst. “With this bill, we can ensure Illinois law enforcement agencies are able to do their job to keep us safe, while providing much-needed additional revenues to local governments.”

HB 4136 was introduced on Wednesday, October 26, and awaits committee assignment for further consideration.


Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) this week worked with House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R – Western Springs) and Governor Bruce Rauner to garner support for Nucor Steel Kankakee County’s efforts to receive a $180 million expansion of its merchant bar operations at the Bourbonnais Nucor Plant.


“This expansion would be great for Kankakee County, great for the 79th District, and great for Illinois. I am proud to work with Nucor to win this project for Illinois to create 75 new jobs in the area. Manufacturing is vital to our district and Nucor’s commitment to its team members and this community is an asset.”

Rep. Parkhurst arranged a visit by Governor Rauner and Leader Durkin to tour Nucor on October 23rd as part of the governor’s “Built in Illinois” tour.
Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) and Kankakee County Board Chairman Andy Wheeler announced today Kankakee County submitted its Request for Proposal (RFP) to Amazon outside of the Illinois RFP package. Rep. Parkhurst commented:

“The Governor submitted a Chicago only proposal for the State’s RFP for Amazon HQ2. We respect the Governor’s decision, but are not letting this discourage us. The Kankakee County RFP is an inspired, inventive, imaginative, and innovative plan quite different from most submissions. Chairman Wheeler and Kankakee County presented a visionary, comprehensive, and conceptual plan for Amazon H2Q. Our RFP thinks outside the box.”

Kankakee, IL – Today, State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) announced her office will be partnering with Cell Phones for Soldiers to make her district office an official drop-off location.

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“For all our soldiers do and veterans did for our country, we must give back and support them. The members of our military, past and present, make enormous sacrifices. Often, they are separated from their families across the country or across the globe. By partnering with Cell Phones for Soldiers, the 79th District helps soldiers and veterans speak to their loved ones thousands of miles away. I’m asking for your help.  Please donate an old cell phone or tablet. ” Rep. Parkhurst said.

Cell Phones for Soldiers is a national non-profit charity dedicated to serving soldiers and veterans with free communications and emergency funding. Newer or gently-used cell phones and tablets from all wireless carriers are accepted and help provide free talk time.
Kankakee, IL – Yesterday, Republican Leader Jim Durkin appointed State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R - Kankakee) to the Racial Profiling Prevention and Data Oversight Board.

The Racial Profiling Prevention and Data Oversight Board serves in an advisory role to recommend policy or legislative changes to eliminate racial profiling and to promulgate model policies for police agencies designed to protect individuals' civil rights related to police traffic enforcement.

 “I look forward to joining this oversight board. I hope to find ways to ensure the rights of all Illinoisans are protected,” Rep. Parkhurst said.

Kankakee, IL – Republican Leader Jim Durkin appointed State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) to the Illinois Steel Development Board and the Protection of Individuals with Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System Task Force.

The Illinois Steel Development Board researches and develops ways to increase the use of American steel produced, used, or transported by Illinois companies.

“I am very excited to be appointed to the Illinois Steel Development Board,” Rep. Parkhurst said. “Steel production is important in Illinois and we should be doing all we can to promote American steel and Illinois companies.”

Leader Durkin also appointed Rep. Parkhurst to the Individuals with Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System Task Force. The task force recommends policies and legislation to best protect public safety and the rights of those with disabilities in the criminal justice system.

“I am looking forward to offering my expertise as a lawyer to this task force. The rights of all Illinoisans need to be protected.” Rep. Parkhurst said.