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Plainfield – Through January and February of this year, State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) sponsored District-wide Self-Defense Courses with the internationally recognized educators at One Light Self Defense. On Tuesday July 19, he will again sponsor the demonstrative course at Plainfield Township Community Center from 6 to 9PM.
His office first came across One Light’s program during their work with the Plainfield Junior Women’s Club. The One Light self-defense team, based right here in Illinois, began with diversified individuals that were well-trained in self-defense and embraced a passion to help others. They’ve traveled to such places as Nairobi, Kenya, where girls face physical attacks every day, and empowered women, girls, and community leaders with their defense techniques. Now, through the sponsorship of Rep. Batinick and the willingness of the team at One Light Self Defense, women and girls around Shorewood, Plainfield, and Oswego have all been given the same opportunity.
Rep. Batinick stated, “One Light’s courses at my previous events were extremely informational and fun for everyone, so we had to bring them back so that kids on summer break could have an opportunity to join the course.”
Plainfield Township Community Center is located at 15014 S. Des Plaines Street in Plainfield. The course is free, but any donations go to Women at Risk International and their fight against human trafficking. For questions, or to RSVP, please email Debbie at or call 815-254-0000.
Plainfield – State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) is pleased to announce the dates, locations and times of his three major Summer Fairs within the local community.
On Friday June 17, Rep. Batinick will host a Senior Fair from 9AM to noon at St. Mary’s Immaculate Parish in Plainfield. State, county, and local government resources will be made available to all participating Seniors, and a Free Shred Truck will be on hand to properly dispose of a limit of two paper boxes per attendee.
On Saturday June 18, Rep. Batinick will host a Children’s Expo from 9AM to 12:30PM at Plainfield Central High School. There will be many fun demonstrations (including a State Police K-9 Unit, and Reptile Show), local program organizers, local information, and also a Touch-A-Truck area with many exciting vehicles. Admission, refreshments and giveaways will all be free.
On Saturday June 25, Rep. Batinick will co-host a Jobs Fair with State Rep. John Anthony at Minooka Central High School from 9:30AM to 12:30PM. Many local employers will be on hand, and there will also be workshops on stand-out resumes, successful interviewing, and mastering your job search. Job seekers should bring plenty of resumes and dress to impress!
Rep. Batinick stated, “I’m thrilled to have these Fairs each summer in order to meet more of our community. These Fairs help me stay in tune with District 97, and also add to my office’s service to our constituents. The goal with these Fairs is to offer something that people from any age group can enjoy and utilize, and I hope we see even larger numbers than last year. Please consider placing these dates in your Summer calendar.”
Chicago – State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) was one of ten General Assembly members to first question the appointment of former Rep. Frank Mautino to Auditor General. Today he joined several legislators at the Thompson Center in Chicago to demand that Mautino remove himself from the position of Auditor General until the federal and state investigations surrounding his campaign fund, The Committee for Frank J. Mautino, are completed.
Rep. Batinick stated, “This governmental office has for decades upheld the standard of ethics that Illinoisans expect from their entire state government, and I must ask that Mr. Mautino step aside from his position as Auditor General until it is proven he has not tainted the office. Illinois has endured many governmental scandals in its history, but it has not seen one from its Auditor General. The people of this State deserve clean government, and they deserve their government to be checked and audited by someone not under the weight of investigation. Knowing this, today I joined my colleagues demanding that Auditor General Mautino take an unpaid leave of absence until investigations surrounding him are completed.”
A letter has been sent to Auditor General Mautino demanding that he take the unpaid leave of absence.
During the House floor debate on Friday with only 4 days left in the regular session, Rep. Mark Batinick stood up to join House Republicans in calling for a commitment towards a budget solution and compromise. 
The General Assembly has a few days left to get a budget passed, and needs to continue to work towards a bipartisan compromise to our State's budget impasse. Rank and file members have been in working groups aimed at bridging the gap and coming up with both reforms and budgetary compromises. Speaker Madigan dismissed these inclusive groups, saying they haven't made progress. He's wrong. They're making progress and they need to continue their work.
House Republicans talk to the press corps to explain the rules that were broken by House Democrats who cut short debate on a 500 page, $40 billion spending plan that was dropped an hour before it was called.  The bill spends $7 billion over the state's projected revenues. The process in Springfield is broken.  We need to #reformIL