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UPDATE: House Bill 6630 passed the Illinois House of Representatives on January 10 by a vote of 76-24-6.

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House Revenue & Finance Committee today approved legislation filed by State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) to enact a permanent property tax freeze, House Bill 6630. The bill now advances to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

Rep. Batinick’s legislation resets Illinois’ property tax extension formula to 0.0%, starting in levy year 2016 and continuing thereafter with no provision to sunset or be phased out.  It also allows voters of any taxing district to approve a levy increase (property tax hike) by referendum, if they so choose. 

“Property tax relief is the number one issue for suburban homeowners,” Rep. Batinick said. “We need to provide meaningful property tax reform now that will allow working families and seniors on fixed incomes to afford to stay in their homes. House Bill 6630 would accomplish this bipartisan goal.”
191 new laws take effect January 1, 2017. Here is a preview of 26 Illinoisans should know about:

Social media right to privacy
Public Act 99-610, House Bill 4999
Amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act to make it illegal for an employer or prospective employer to request or require an employee or applicant to access a personal online account (such as Facebook) in the presence of the employer. It is also illegal to request or require that an employee or applicant invite the employer to join a group affiliated with any personal online account of the employee, or applicant, or join an online account established by the employer. 

Employee Sick Leave Act
Public Act 99-841, House Bill 6162
Under the new law, employees may now use personal sick leave benefits for purposes dealing with a child, spouse, sibling, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent or step parent. The employee can use such time as may be necessary on the same terms that employee would use the time for their own illness or injury.
PLAINFIELD – A group of sixteen Republican legislators are calling on State Comptroller Susana Mendoza to keep her promise of maintaining former Comptroller Leslie Munger’s policy of “No Budget No Pay’ in place with regard to payment of state lawmaker salaries.  Twelve State Representatives and Four State Senators sent a letter to Comptroller Mendoza today urging her to defend “No Budget No Pay” in the face of a lawsuit filed by six House Democrat legislators on December 2 suing the Comptroller for delaying payment of their salaries.

“Social service providers and many others who rely upon the state to meet its financial obligations are being adversely impacted, to put it mildly, by the General Assembly’s failure to pass a comprehensive budget,” Rep. Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) said. “We are calling on the new Comptroller to stand with us in support of the individuals and families whose lives are being irreparably harmed due to the lack of stability in our budget.”

“We do not believe that payment of legislator salaries should be prioritized over the funding of health care and social service providers or others enduring the long delay in state payments,” added Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield).The principle of “No Budget No Pay” should be kept in place; and the General Assembly should come together immediately to pass a responsible state budget in order to prevent further erosion of our social safety net and damage to our economy.”
Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season to you and your family!

As we reflect on this year and look forward to the start of 2017, I would like to express my appreciation for the many parents, educators, community leaders, first responders, small business owners and working families who make Will and Kendall Counties such a special place to live. I have enjoyed meeting so many of you this year at events in the community and listening to your concerns. May the holidays bring joy and blessings to you and your loved ones as you make new memories that your family will cherish for years to come.

I hope you will join me in thanking the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces serving overseas as well as our active duty military and veterans here at home who have done so much to preserve our freedom and way of life. Let’s keep them and their families foremost in our thoughts and prayers this holiday season. To learn about benefits and services available to Illinois veterans and returning servicemen and women, please visit the Veterans Resources page.

The Illinois House of Representatives is scheduled to return to Springfield on January 9. It is my earnest hope that the Governor and the General Assembly will resume state budget negotiations in good faith between now and then. We must come together to reach a compromise that protects the interests of taxpayers as well as those who rely upon a stable safety net.

Please be sure to check back here in the coming weeks and follow me on Facebook to stay informed of the latest news on legislation and important issues impacting Illinois families.

As always, thank you for the honor and privilege of serving you. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Mark Batinick
State Representative, 97th District

On Saturday December 17th Santa will be available at Webb Chevrolet in Plainfield. Santa will be visiting with Kids of all Ages, accepting letters and taking pictures from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. The address is 16140 S. Lincoln Highway, Plainfield. More information below.
Rep. Batinick honored the Plainfield Township Park District with a Resolution honoring their 50th Anniversary.
Pictured with Executive Director Carlo Capalbo presenting a copy of the resolution.
Full text here.
State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) spoke during debate against Senate Bill 2814, legislation to bailout a profitable energy company at a time when social services and other providers in Illinois are languishing from the continued lack of a comprehensive state budget. Click below to watch Rep. Batinick's remarks on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives.