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SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) has filed 12 pieces of legislation that will be considered this year in the 101st Illinois General Assembly.

As part of his 2019 legislative agenda, the Representative has focused on reform efforts for the pension system and property taxes, while also including bills to increase taxpayer savings and promote public safety protections.

“The same challenges facing Illinois exist today as they did the first day I took office,” said Batinick. “My legislative initiatives this year focus on making strides to solve these problems, and I look forward to advancing these bills that provide real efforts to do so.”

Batinick’s 2019 legislation includes the following bills:

· HB343: Amends the State Budget Law to remove the funding for salaries of General Assembly members, judges, and legislative operations.

· HB355: With regard to a Professional Educator License renewal, beginning with the next 5-year renewal cycle, no less than 15 of the 120 required hours of professional development must include training on inclusive practices in the classroom.

· HB886: Requires, in the court’s discretion, that a person register under the Sex Offender Registration Act if convicted of a battery that the court finds was sexually motivated.

· HB930: Allows for the complete consumption of an evidentiary sample in forensic testing without court order.

· HB2375: Amends the Short-Term, Limited-Duration Health Insurance Coverage Act to remove provisions concerning a required expiration date.

· HB3170: Amends the Criminal Code of 2012 to increase the penalty for unlawful use of weapons by selling, manufacturing, purchasing, possessing, or carrying a machine gun.

· HB3281: Provides that a taxing district shall reduce its aggregate extension base for the purpose of lowering its limiting rate for future years by voter referendum.

· HB3375: Provides that a live child born as a result of an abortion shall be fully recognized as a human person and accorded immediate protection under the law.

· HB3376: Creates The Property Tax Relief and Pension Stabilization Fund Act.

· HB3519: Removes a provision requiring the establishment of a police or firefighter pension fund for any city, village, or incorporated town of 5,000 or more inhabitants.

· HB3715: Amends the Environmental Protection Act to require the Agency to define "microplastics," examine the role of microplastics in public drinking water, and disclose the results.

Representative Batinick has also co-sponsored several bills as the legislative session proceeds in the House of Representatives. A full list of Rep. Batinick’s legislation can be viewed here.
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SPRINGFIELD — Today Governor JB Pritzker gave his Budget Address to the General Assembly, where he outlined his fiscal priorities for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

The Governor’s address included a five-point pension reform plan to deal with the State’s $130 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield), a member on the Personnel & Pensions Committee, was alarmed with the Governor’s proposal to extend the $878 million pension payment, an idea that to Batinick only prolongs the problem but does nothing to fix the system. In response to today’s budget address, Rep. Batinick released the following statement:

“I came away from the Governor’s remarks with doubts as to how this plan will really make a difference in our state’s finances. It paints a picture filled with rainbows and unicorns by using sources of revenue that don’t even exist yet. This is an unrealistic block to build the future of our state on, and one that I believe will fall short of Governor Pritzker’s lofty expectations.

“Our fiscal problems are extensive, and will not be solved overnight, but we can work to lay the foundation for real reforms. We cannot prolong our pension payments and push these obligations down the road for later generations to deal with. Shortchanging our pension payment by over $800 million is not the answer, and ignoring this obligation will only add to our troubles down the road. It’s time to make those difficult decisions now and solve the problems in front of us.”

The General Assembly will be tasked with passing a budget agreement ahead of the fiscal year, which begins on July 1st and runs through June 30th, 2020.


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SPRINGFIELD…A proposal to increase the minimum wage rate in Illinois passed yesterday in the House of Representatives. The bill, SB1, would increase the current rate of minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $15 an hour statewide, and would be gradually enacted over the next six years.

During the debate, State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) heavily opposed the measure. Representative Batinick questioned the impact and long term effects of the proposal, yet neither concern could be answered by the bill’s sponsor.

“No studies have been done on the long term effects of dramatic increases in minimum wage,” said Representative Batinick. “We are in unchartered territory, and for a state like Illinois, where we have so many existing challenges impeding our financial success, doing something unprecedented is simply bad policy.”

Representative Batinick’s concern with the proposal involves the unknown effects the increase will have on businesses statewide, including those in southern Illinois who will experience an 82% increase in wages.

“We cannot predict how this will affect our state. What we do have is an example in the City of Chicago, where the effects of their minimum wage increase from 2014 are coming to light. Their population is declining and businesses are leaving the city for lower costs in the suburbs—or other states. Those are facts. Something that so clearly has not been successful in one city is now going to be amplified in our entire state. This is absurd and will put any businesses who are already struggling in serious trouble.”

Despite the many oppositions voiced today, SB1 ultimately passed and will move forward to Governor JB Pritzker for final approval. 

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SPRINGFIELD—State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) announced his committee assignments for the 101st General Assembly, where he will join colleagues in the House to vet legislation for the next two years.

Notably, the Representative will serve as the Republican Spokesperson for the Personnel and Pensions Committee. Rep. Batinick has served on this committee in prior General Assemblies, but this is the first time he will serve as the caucus’ spokesperson.

“With our State’s pension crisis continually being one of our biggest burdens, I am ready to take the lead as caucus spokesperson and actively work toward viable bipartisan solutions,” said Batinick. “This is a crucial committee tasked with important work, as it involves major policy that the future of our State depends on.”

In addition to Personnel and Pensions, Representative Batinick was appointed to the following committees: Insurance, Healthcare License, and International Trade and Commerce.

Committees will meet for the first time this week, as the legislative session convenes in the House on February 5th.

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SPRINGFIELD – This week in the House of Representatives, lawmakers voted on the House Rules, which will govern operations in the House for the next two years.

State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) proposed a fair set of reforms to include the 101st General Assembly’s House Rules, to create a better process for governing and foster greater bipartisanship. This set of suggested reforms included required committee votes for bipartisan bills and resolutions, longer waiting periods so that legislation can be reviewed, required votes for bills & resolutions supported by a bipartisan supermajority, and extended time for the House to consider discharging special committees.


During the House floor debate, Representative Batinick spoke out against the Rules presented--which were written to consolidate power in the hands of the Speaker of the House.

Holding up a large bill for emphasis, Rep. Batinick stated, “I have a bill here that is this thick. The way the rules are operating right now, is we could do a gut and replace, do a floor amendment and in one hour you’re going to be voting on a piece of legislation. I don’t believe that’s transparency.”

Rep. Batinick joined his fellow House Republican colleagues in opposing the House Rules for the 101st GA, proposed by Democrats. “This is incredibly frustrating as a lawmaker, but also for Illinois residents,” said Batinick. “We all deserve better. To produce good policy, we need to start with a fair law making process.”

The House Rules ultimately passed on party lines. The House of Representatives will commence legislative session on February 5th in Springfield.

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State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) recently discussed the factors he believes are hurting Illinois’ and preventing any opportunities for positive change.

“It’s a given that we are lagging behind just about every other state in job creation but leading in corruption,” Representative Batinick recently told the Will County Gazette. “That’s not a good look for any state to have.”

It is no surprise that Illinois ranks near the bottom in the country in private-sector jobs growth for 2018, according to recent Illinois Department of Employment Security data. Researchers found private-sector jobs growth in Illinois less than 1 percent over the last year, to rank the state a dismal 46th in the country.

“It’s just so much to deal with for a business thinking of coming here that many of them just steer clear,” Representative Batinick added. “The combination of bad policy, high debt and rampant corruption does not make for an attractive draw.”

With Illinois’ 4.3 percent unemployment rate ranking higher than the national average of 3.9 percent, the dysfunction is taking a toll. In addition, the U.S. Census Bureau data shows that the state lost at least 45,000 people to outmigration in 2018, with that figure nearly tripling since 2014.

“Plain and simple, we have to start electing better people to Springfield, and the public has to stop looking at all this corruption as being acceptable.”

See more of Rep. Batinick’s comments here.
With the historic cold weather hitting Illinois' this week, it is important to understand the real risks associated with winter storms and freezing temperatures. These conditions can be life threatening, with older adults, young children, and sick individuals being at a greater risk. Below are some helpful tips to keep in mind to stay safe during these dangerous winter conditions.

-Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, then wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.

-Frostbite causes loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers, and toes. Signs include numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, firm or waxy skin. Actions: Go to a warm room. Soak in warm water. Use body heat to warm. Do not massage or use a heating pad.

-Hypothermia is an unusually low body temperature. A temperature below 95 degrees is an emergency. Signs: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, or drowsiness. Actions: Go to a warm room. Warm the center of the body first—chest, neck, head, and groin. Keep dry and wrapped up in warm blankets, including the head and neck.

-Prepare for power outages. Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.