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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.

SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) has signed on as the chief Republican sponsor of new legislation to amend the Illinois Constitution to require a three-fifths majority vote of the General Assembly in order to approve a tax increase during the so-called “lame duck” period between the November General Election and Inauguration in January, when unaccountable retiring or defeated lawmakers can approve a tax hike by a simple majority vote, as was done during the 2011 lame duck session.

The new legislation, House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 62, introduced by Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock), was unanimously approved the State Government Administration Committee today by a vote of 13-0. It is currently on the House Floor awaiting final consideration. The bill’s co-sponsors include six Democrats and four Republicans.

“This is not a Republican issue or a Democrat issue; this is about accountable government,” Rep. Batinick said. “Lame duck legislative sessions should be held to a higher standard when it comes to passing any bill that would raise taxes on Illinois families. Our bill would raise the bar and make it harder for political pressure exerted on lame duck legislators to support a last-minute tax increase result in enough votes to pass such a proposal without bipartisan support.” 
Plainfield – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) will host an Identity Theft Prevention Seminar on Thursday, December 8 at the Plainfield Township Community Center from 10 to 11:30AM. The community center is located at 15014 S. Des Plaines Street. A liaison from the Attorney General’s Office will speak on how to prevent fraud and what to do if you’re a victim. Free refreshments will be provided.
 
Rep. Batinick said, “As we head into the holidays, and knowing Illinois has one of the highest rates of identity theft in the country, I believe it’s an appropriate time to host this informational seminar to help people avoid this increasing crime, and also to help them shop more safely this holiday season. I’d like to thank the Attorney General’s Office for again helping with this effort.”
 
For more information and to RSVP, please call (815) 254-0000.
 
 
Plainfield State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) was awarded the Illinois Farm Bureau’s 2016 Friend of Agriculture Award earlier this month, which recognized his voting record in line with the needs of Illinois farmers. On October 18th, in order to maintain his connection to District 97’s farming operations, he joined Will County Farm Bureau’s John Andermann atop his combine harvester.
 
Mr. Andermann said, “I was happy to have him along during my day’s work, as he has been consistently receptive to farming needs and issues. I thank him for that, and for coming to talk with me today.”

Rep. Batinick stated, “We must always support Illinois’ agriculture as it will remain vital to our State and country’s well-being. Many constituents of District 97 make their livelihood through farming, and I am grateful that John Andermann allowed me to go to work with him today.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is studying improved access to I-55 at Airport Road/Lockport Street and at IL 126/Essington Road. The project stakeholders are a large and varied group that includes teams from Plainfield, Romeoville and Bolingbrook in conjunction with IDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. A consultant team from V3 Companies is performing engineering studies and coordinating stakeholder outreach.
 
A stakeholder is anyone that is affected by the project and its outcome, so this effort involves outreach to residents, owners of nearby properties, users of I-55, Weber Road, IL 126, Airport Road, Lockport Street, local businesses, elected officials, local agencies and the general public. The project's website is located at www.airportand126study.com.
 
 

The roadway alternatives that have been developed during the I-55 Interchange study are being evaluated through a three step process. 30 alternatives were produced for study. Rounds 1 and 2 of the screening process are completed.
Plainfield – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) was awarded the Illinois Farm Bureau’s 2016 Friend of Agriculture Award, which recognized his voting record in line with the needs of Illinois farmers.
 
Rep. Batinick stated, “It is important that the State remains attentive to Illinois’ agricultural industry, because this industry is vital to our State and our country. From my post in District 97, many constituents make their livelihood through Illinois’ vast agriculture, and I’d like to thank all of them for this recognition.”
 
Mark Schneidewind, a Manager of the Will County Farm Bureau, stated, “The Illinois Farm Bureau tracks important pieces of legislation on behalf of farmers, and we are grateful to the efforts of all lawmakers that keep farmers in mind. Representative Batinick’s voting record has been a great help to Illinois agriculture, and it’s a privilege to present the Illinois Farm Bureau’s Friend of Agriculture Award to him this year.”