Meet State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst
A Public Servant
Lindsay Parkhurst is the State Representative for the 79th House District in Illinois serving residents in Kankakee, Will, and Grundy Counties. She dedicated her life to serving others as a mom, wife, daughter, aunt, and practicing attorney.
Lindsay attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School and Eastridge High School. Lindsay obtained her bachelor’s degree in Honors English from the University of Illinois. She received a Law Degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and a Master of Laws in Health Law from DePaul University College of Law.
For 29 years, Lindsay is a results-driven defense and general practice attorney with experience in litigation and trial practice. In 2000, Lindsay opened her own general practice law office in Kankakee and is its sole practitioner. As a small business owner, Lindsay understands the challenges of running a business, providing quality customer service, and most importantly, making ends meet.
From 2005 to 2014, Lindsay served as a Kankakee County Assistant Public Defender for juvenile and abuse & neglect cases. Lindsay received the Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award by Prairie State Legal Services in 2015 for her pro bono legal work in the community.
She served as president of the Kankakee Society of Women in Law, Social Chair of the Kankakee County Bar Association and serves as Vice Chair of the Two Rivers Area Credit Union, Board Member and grants committee member of the Community Foundation, and Co-chair of the Prairie State Legal Services Fundraising Committee in their Kankakee office. Lindsay also volunteered her time at Aquinas Catholic Academy, Bishop McNamara Catholic High School, and Kankakee Community College for its Lex Paralegal Society.
Lindsay credits her inspiration, passion, and work ethic to her late parents, Betty Lindsay and Donald Parkhurst. Her mother was a surgical nurse at the University of Illinois. Her father was a physician in the United States Air Force and later Chief of Radiology at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. They taught Lindsay the values of working hard, receiving an education, providing for a family, serving others, and giving back to the community. Lindsay cared for her father and knows firsthand the day-to-day tasks of caring for seniors and making sure they have a safe and comfortable retirement.
Lindsay's roots run deep in her community. Lindsay met her husband Marc in Kankakee where they live and are raising their daughter Lucy. Lindsay and Marc share a passion for family, food, and friendships. They continue the family tradition of being committed to community volunteering and philanthropy and promoting community growth. When not working as a state representative, Lindsay can be found spending time around the district with her family and practicing law with a focus on giving a voice to the voiceless, fighting for those in need, and making sure everyone gets a fair shake.
Lindsay is not a politician and has no plans to become one. An advocate for term limits, Lindsay will limit herself to six years in Springfield. Lindsay believes, first and foremost, state government should live within its means.
As State Representative, Lindsay dedicated herself to fighting against corruption and for term limits, good government reforms, growing the economy, fighting the tax burden, and fostering thriving schools – she is committed to a better, stronger Illinois.