Individual Tax Rates

10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35%, 37%

Doubles the Standard Deduction
  • Individuals: from $6,350 to $12,000
  • Married Couple:  from $12,700 to $24,000

Nearly 3 out of 4 four people in IL currently take standard deductions, especially middle-income earners

Increases Child Tax Credit
Child-Tax Credit increased from $1000 to $2000 ($1,400 Refundable)
Adds a $500 credit for non-child dependents

Keeps Earned Income Tax Credit
Preserves the Earned Income Tax Credit

  • Preserves the Educator Expense Deduction ($250)
  • Preserves Section 117, Qualified Tuition Reductions
  • Preserves Section 127, Qualified Tuition Assistance
  • Preserves the Student Loan Interest Deduction
  • Expands 529 Plans includes dispersions to pay elementary & secondary education

Individuals at every income level will see a tax cut

The average family of four making the country’s median income of $73,000 will receive a $2,000 tax cut.

Retains popular deductions –you can still deduct
  • mortgage interest
  • state and local taxes (SALT)  up to $10,000
  • medical expenses
  • charitable contributions

Simplified so nearly 90% of Americans will be able to file their taxes on a postcard.

Lowers rates for businesses of all sizes to create more American jobs and bring back more American businesses.

The U.S. currently has the highest tax rates for businesses among industrialized countries.

Non-partisan Tax Foundation estimates 37,010 full-time jobs will be created in Illinois.

137 economists agree it will lead to “more jobs, higher wages, and a better standard of living for the American people.”

PreviewThere are 217 new laws scheduled to take effect January 1, 2018.

"The General Assembly passed several new laws effective January 1st. We should all become familiar with these new laws because they impact our district," Rep. Parkhurst said.

Here are several new laws of interest to residents in the 79th District:
  • Combating synthetic drugs
  • Veterans with PTSD qualify for the Helping Paws Service Dog program
  • Expanding access to mental health services through telemedicine
  • Reforming transportation regulations
  • Lowering the age to become an organ donor

Combating synthetic drugs (Public Act 100-368, House Bill 2534)
The new law adds and updates new synthetic drugs and cannabinoids to the list of controlled substances. This is an ongoing initiative to fight the growing use of “bath salts” and synthetic drugs whose complex chemical compounds eluded definition under the law because of their dynamic nature.

"With the ongoing opioid epidemic, it is important to combat all forms of these drugs including their synthetic cousins because they are just as dangerous," Rep. Parkhurst added.

Helping Paws for Veterans Act (Public Act 100-384, House Bill 2897)
"Our veterans deserve the best for fighting to protect our freedom including health services for the number one mental health disease affecting out vets—Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)," Rep. Parkhurst said.

Military veterans suffering from PTSD or depression are now eligible to receive service dogs from the Helping Paws Service Dog Program because  PTSD or depression are now qualified disabilities for Veterans under the Act.

Expanding access to mental health services (Public Act 100-385, House Bill 2907)
A physician or other licensed health care professional does not need to be physically present in the same room as a Medicaid beneficiary during the time a patient is receiving telepsychiatry provided under the Public Aid Code.

"This law advances the use of telehealth services as a cost-efficient and effective way to provide easily accessible mental health services across the state, particularly in rural communities where access is limited and virtually non-existent," added Rep. Parkhurst.

Transportation regulation reform (Public Act 100-160, House Bill 3172)
Intrastate transportation companies in Illinois must test their vehicles every twelve months, rather than every six months, bringing Illinois up to Federal and neighboring state standards and making Illinois transport companies competitive.

Rep. Parkhurst added, "This law makes Illinois more competitive in the transportation industry. It is essential our regulations are not over-burdensome to prevent companies from moving to neighboring states.  We want them to stay right here in Illinois."

Changes organ donor registration to age 16 (Public Act 100-41, House Bill 1805)
"There is a critical shortage of human organs and tissues available to citizens in need of organ and tissue transplants. Allowing 16 year olds to opt-in to the organ donor registry with parental consent works to curb the shortage," Rep. Parkhurst said.

The Secretary of State will offer each applicant for a driver’s license or state identification card who is 16 years of age or older (rather than 18 years of age or older) the opportunity to have his or her name included in the First Person Consent organ and tissue donor registry. The law allows the parent or guardian of donor under 18 to amend or revoke the anatomical gift of the donor’s body.

To view the full list of 217 new laws scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2018, click here
Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) is actively working toward solutions to see the campgrounds at Kankakee River State Park reopen following the budget impasse.

“Kankakee River State Park is a staple and an asset to our district. The campgrounds attract people from miles around and are a beautiful and popular destination for camping, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, and enjoying nature,” Rep. Parkhurst said.

 Rock CreekKankakee River State Park has two campgrounds Chippewa and Potawatomi— both are currently closed.

“I listened to and heard the people around the 79th tell me how important the state park is to them and their family traditions. I am working with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to determine what is needed to see the state park campgrounds reopen as soon as possible,” Rep. Parkhurst continued.

The Chippewa campground required a water pump replacement and is expected to reopen this spring. The Potawatomi campground has a Capital Development Board (CDB) project which requires completion prior to reopening. IDNR indicated the project may take a number of years. The FY 2018 budget did not appropriate funds for the project, but Rep. Parkhurst will request the necessary funds be appropriated for the FY 2019 budget.
Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) is inviting constituents to participate in a roundtable forum before the General Assembly reconvenes for the spring session.

“The most important part of representing the people of the 79th District is making sure they have a voice at the State Capitol.  I want to draft legislation that is relevant and material to my constituents, so I look forward to their ideas and suggestions,” Rep. Parkhurst said.

The roundtable will be on January 10th from 9 am to 4 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.
Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) announced today her office will host an art competition to celebrate Illinois’ Bicentennial.

“Our state is celebrating its bicentennial year. To commemorate 200 years of statehood, the 79th District is hosting an art competition to capture the history and beauty of our great state,” Rep. Parkhurst said.

The competition is open to all K-12 students in the 79th District divided between two age groups: K-6 and 7-12. The theme is “Celebrate the Great State of Illinois!” The artwork may use any variety of mediums, but is limited to two-dimensional pieces and must be an original work signed by the artist.

“I am enthusiastic and excited to see the artistic talent of students around the district,” Rep. Parkhurst continued.

The deadline to submit artwork is February 1st, 2018. Submissions must include the student’s full name, phone number, and school name and address.  They may be delivered or mailed to Rep. Parkhurst’s District Office at 370 E. Court St, Kankakee, IL 60901.  The 1st place artwork for each age group will be displayed in the 79th District Springfield Office or the 79th District Kankakee Office. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place artists will receive a certificate of congratulations from the House of Representatives. Winners will be announced on February 12th, 2018.

Any questions or concerns regarding the competition may contact the district office at 815-523-7779.

Kankakee, IL – On Wednesday, after a year and a half of coordinated efforts by State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) and Kankakee Community College (KCC), the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced the release of $3.7 million in grant funds to Kankakee Community College.

“This is incredible news for our area,” said Rep. Parkhurst. “It is rewarding to see our efforts in conjunction with KCC be successful.  We worked collaboratively for a year and a half with the governor’s office and DCEO to ensure KCC receives these funds. We thank Governor Rauner and Leader Durkin for their unwavering support of KCC, being responsive to our requests, and ultimately facilitating the release of these much-needed funds.  KCC is an integral part of our community and the release of these funds will help to ensure their success for years to come.”

“By helping to provide for physical infrastructure improvements, we ensure that students, teachers, and staff at Kankakee Community College have a safe and healthy learning environment,” said Governor Bruce Rauner.