Lindsay Parkhurst has dedicated her life to serving others as a mom, wife, daughter, aunt, and practicing attorney. Now, Lindsay is a concerned citizen rising up to fight for and protect our community – our home – from the reckless actions of Springfield politicians.
Raised in Kankakee, Lindsay attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School and Eastridge High School. Lindsay then went to the University of Illinois and majored in English. She received a Law Degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1989 and a Masters in Health Law from DePaul University College of Law in 1991. Lindsay believes education is a powerful tool to create jobs and opportunity and all children, regardless of their ZIP code, should have access to a quality, world-class education.
Lindsay receives her inspiration, passion and work ethic from her 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 became Chief of Radiology at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. They taught Lindsay the values of working hard, receiving an education, providing for family, serving others, and giving back to the community. Lindsay currently helps take care of her father and knows firsthand the day-to-day tasks of caring for seniors and making sure they have a safe and comfortable retirement.
For 27 years, Lindsay has been 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 focuses her professional career on giving a voice to the voiceless, fighting for those in need, and making sure everyone gets a fair shake.
Lindsay is also very active in local volunteer, philanthropic and professional organizations. She serves as president of the Kankakee Society of Women in Law, social chair of the Kankakee County Bar Association, 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 has also volunteered her time at Aquinas Catholic Academy and Bishop McNamara Catholic High School.
Lindsay received the Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award by Prairie State Legal Services in 2014 for her pro bono legal work in the community. Lindsay wholeheartedly believes that everyone, regardless of their position in life, should give to those in need, set a positive example for others, and pay it forward.
Lindsay is a candidate for state representative of Illinois House District 79. She 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 and balance its budget.
Lindsay resides in Kankakee with her husband Marc and daughter Lucy.