Fighting for a Better Illinois
Lindsey is currently serving her first term as State Representative of the 19th District on Chicago’s Northwest Side. The district includes portions of Chicago’s Big Oaks, Dunning, Gladstone Park, Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Union Ridge, West Portage Park neighborhoods, River Grove, Elmwood Park, Norridge, and Harwood Heights.
Lindsey’s priorities include making health care, including mental health care, more affordable and accessible; supporting teachers and first responders who strengthen the communities in her district, and ensuring Illinois’ tax system is fair to everyone—not just the very wealthy. Lindsey has been a long-time advocate for protecting critical human services, violence prevention programs, and reforming our criminal justice system to align with evidence-based and humane practices that have proven to make communities safer at a much lower cost to taxpayers.
She currently sits on the Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee, the Public Safety Appropriations Committee, the Housing Committee, the Human Services Committee, the Police & Fire Committee, and the Public Benefits Subcommittee.
Prior to her appointment, Lindsey worked in human services, state government, policy advocacy, and community work. For the past eight years, she has worked on issues of public safety and criminal justice reform in state government and at a public interest law and policy non-profit. While in state government, she served as the program manager for Adult Redeploy Illinois at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, working with county officials across Illinois on court-based alternatives to incarceration for people facing non-violent charges.
Lindsey holds a Masters in Social Work from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BA in Sociology from Grinnell College. She has always been committed to serving the community. While in graduate school, she interned with the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, working on policies to support survivors of sexual harm and prevent the root causes of sexual violence.
Lindsey has years of experience in the public and private sectors working on behalf of the people of Illinois. She currently sits on the Dean’s Advisory Council for Diversity, Equity and Social Inclusion at the Jane Addams College of Social Work and is the former Vice President of the Board of Directors of Hands to Help Ministries.
Lindsey is a resident of the Portage Park neighborhood in the 45th Ward of Chicago.