Lindsay Parkhurst is the State Representative for the 79th House District 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 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 27 years, Lindsay practiced law as both a civil and criminal a defense 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. 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 and Bishop McNamara Catholic High School, and Kankakee Community College for its Lex Paralegal Society.
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.
As State Representative, Lindsay is dedicated to fighting for term limits, good government reforms, a balanced state budget, thriving schools, more jobs – she is committed to a better, stronger Illinois.