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Rep. Mark Batinick
SPRINGFIELD– Moody’s Investors Service issued a report today on the State of Illinois’ failure to distribute the first payment of FY 2018 general state aid to school districts; estimating that credit ratings of 5-20 school districts will deteriorate within months if the funding delay persists.

State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) is calling on the General Assembly to quickly reconvene and pass legislation he filed Wednesday to fund elementary and secondary education at last year’s spending levels to allow all Illinois public schools to open on-time for the new school year and remain open.  Representative Batinick’s legislation, House Bill 4085, currently has five co-sponsors representing school districts throughout suburban and Downstate Illinois. 
Rep. Mark Batinick
SPRINGFIELD–State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) filed legislation today to fund elementary and secondary education at last year’s spending levels to ensure all Illinois public schools open on-time for the new school year, leaving for another day the fight over $571 million in new education spending contained in Senate Bill 1, legislation that was partially vetoed by the Governor but which the House of Representatives has yet to act upon.

Rep. Batinick’s legislation, House Bill 4085, was filed with the House Clerk today.

“Time is of the essence,” Rep. Batinick said. “Schoolchildren and teachers should not be used as pawns in a manufactured crisis over school funding. My bill, if allowed to be debated and voted on, would pass quickly with broad bipartisan support. No school district would lose funding. All sides in the school funding reform debate have agreed to a hold harmless that protects every school district by maintaining last year’s level of state aid. We should pass this bill now to ensure schools open on time and continue to work on addressing the inequities in our school funding system moving forward.”
SHOREWOOD–State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) in partnership with Troy Township will host a Women’s Self-Defense class for women and girls from 6:00pm – 9:00pm on Thursday, August 17 at the Troy Township Community Center, located at 25448 Seil Road in Shorewood.

The special class on Self-Defense, Distraction and Awareness Tactics helps women to stay safe at all times. The class is free and open to women and girls, suggested ages 10 and up.

“I hosted a series of women’s self-defense classes throughout our district last year, at which hundreds of local women and girls successfully participated,” Rep. Batinick said. “This class is a valuable resource for our wives, mothers, sisters, daughters and friends to learn how to keep themselves safe should their safety be threatened. We are excited to partner with Troy Township to offer this class to women in Shorewood.”

While participation in the class is free of charge, donations are welcome and will go to help Women at Risk, International (WAR, Int’l) for their fight against human trafficking, rehabilitating victims and giving a voice to the silent cries of the oppressed.

PLAINFIELD – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) will host his third annual Senior Health Fair from 9:00 AM – Noon on Wednesday, July 19 at St. Mary Immaculate Parish’s Cana Hall, located at 15629 South Route 59 in Plainfield. The event is free and open to the public.

“Helping local seniors maintain a healthy and active lifestyle is among my most important priorities,” Rep. Batinick said. “I encourage you to visit our fair and take advantage of the many outstanding local programs and services available to seniors in our community.” 

40 different community organizations and state/local service providers who offer programs and resources for seniors are participating in the fair. Information covers a wide range of topics including health care, recreation, nutrition, caregiver needs, nursing home and long-term care, supportive living and much more. The State Treasurer’s office also will conduct I-Cash searches for seniors.  I-Cash is a lost assets search that the state may be holding for you.
SPRINGFIELD – With the Illinois General Assembly scheduled to return to Springfield on June 21 for a 10-day special session on June 21 to address the budget impasse, State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) is calling for the passage of a full two-year state budget to take 2018 gubernatorial politics out of the budget process and provide stability to Illinois for the next two years.

Back when the current impasse began in 2015, Representative Batinick filed bipartisan legislation, HR 796, urging the General Assembly to work toward a two-year budget. Batinick’s bill had five Republican and two Democrat co-sponsors, but was never allowed a vote.

“I’m glad that we’re going back to Springfield to finally discuss the budget, after we spent the majority of this year voting on frivolous bills on feral cats, naming roads, and labeling catfish on restaurant menus,” Rep. Batinick said. “We have to put our priorities in the right place. Right now, that means toning down the rhetoric and passing a state budget to end this destructive, unnecessary impasse. While we’re at it, we should embrace this opportunity to pass a two-year budget, to take the politics of the 2018 election out of the budget process altogether and provide much-needed stability to our state at this critical time.”

The Illinois House of Representatives is scheduled to return to Springfield for a 10-day special session to address the state budget starting on Wednesday, June 21.

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