Parkhurst hopes to rebuild Illinois through term limits, balanced budget
Republican candidate for House District 79 Lindsay Parkhurst recently stepped up and took a swing at the long-time Illinois legislators.
"I'm running for state representative because I believe home is worth fighting for," she said. "Springfield is broken and it isn't working for us, but we can fix it by balancing the budget, fully funding our schools, and passing term limits. Join our campaign today by signing up at LindsayParkhurst.com. Together, we will win our fight to rebuild Illinois."
Parkhurst's campaign focuses on a balanced budget, education and term limits, which are all points of contention in the Illinois legislature. While the lawmakers did pass a stop gap budget in July that funded education, it did not address the ongoing budget issues, including unpaid bills that continue to increase.
Legislation regarding term limits had been presented to the legislature in 2011 and 2013, but failed. Although more than 75 percent of citizens support term limits -- voters gathered nearly 600,000 signatures to place it on the ballot -- the measure was deemed unconstitutional by a Cook County circuit court judge.
Republican challengers like Parkhurst continue to push for term limits that would prevent entrenched lawmakers like 45-year veteran and House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) from running for office again.
In addition to her stand on the economy and limiting lawmakers time in office, Parkhurst recently took a stand against privately funded projects that threaten the family farms of Illinois. The proposed Great Lakes Basin Railroad Project would extend 278 miles around the Chicago area and require a 200-foot-wide right of way along the route, plus a large terminal for rail operations. The privately funded project would affect farmland, municipalities and roads around its route.