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Arguably the two biggest issues facing the State of Illinois are its unfunded pensions and high property taxes.  Past misdeeds and underfunding has led to a massive unfunded pension liability.  Annual required pension payments are increasing quickly.  Just a few years ago our annual payment was less than $6B.  This year it is almost $9B and it is scheduled to reach $20B by 2045.  Every annual increase requires either a cut elsewhere in the budget, or a tax increase.
PLAINFIELD – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) will host a free senior fair in Plainfield on Thursday July 12.


PLAINFIELD – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) today applauded comments made this week by Moody’s Investors Service which called Illinois’ newly-enacted state budget “credit positive,” because of its inclusion of pension reform language which Batinick supported.


PLAINFIELD – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) joined Plainfield Mayor Mike Collins and Illinois Route 66 Byway Executive Director Bill Kelly Tuesday night in Plainfield for this season’s first Cruise Night. During the festivities, Batinick unveiled the top 10 finalists in the logo art contest he sponsored to celebrate the legendary intersection of Route 66 and the Lincoln Highway in Plainfield.  Each entrant received a certificate and a commemorative Route 66 license plate.

PLAINFIELD– More than 90 local and regional employers covering a wide range of manufacturing, labor, health care, educational, retail, community services and more are set to participate in a free Jobs Fair hosted by State Representative Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield and State Representative David Welter, R-Morris from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 22 at Troy Middle School, located at 5800 Theodore Street in Plainfield. Admission to Jobs Fair is free and open to the public.


SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) today lauded passage of budget legislation which included pension reform language closely resembling a plan he introduced in 2016 and 2017. When Batinick introduced the proposal he was the first in the United States to propose such a concept, which has since been enacted into law in Missouri.



State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) spoke on the Illinois House floor Tuesday in opposition to a resolution supporting the proposed progressive income tax. Batinick cited success which North Carolina has had since switching from a progressive income tax to a flat tax system like the one Illinois currently has. He contrasted that example with the struggles California has had under its progressive tax system.