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 www.RepParkhurst.com.

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 www.repparkhurst.com.