PLAINFIELD – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) announced today his intention to return 11% of his annual district office allotment back to the State of Illinois, saving taxpayers in excess of $7,600. The decision reflects Rep. Batinick’s personal commitment to fiscal discipline and follows up on his action last week formally refusing to accept a legislative pension.

“With the state facing a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, tough spending decisions will have to be made this spring to make responsible cuts in the state budget. I believe that sacrifice should start with our own budgets as legislators. The way I see it, I can’t vote to make reductions in other areas of state spending if I’m not willing to include my own office in those cuts.”

Plainfield, IL – Last week, Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield), showed his commitment to serve the residents of the 97th House District by refusing to accept the lucrative legislative pension, offered to all members of the General Assembly. 

"With the pension accounts so underfunded, I want to show my personal commitment to the people of Illinois and the important need for reform,” said Batinick. “I’m going to Springfield to provide solutions to help solve the problems."
SPRINGFIELD – Small business owner Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield), was sworn in today as the new State Representative to replace retiring Former House Republican Leader Rep. Tom Cross in the 97th House District. Batinick’s commitment to serve the people of the 97th honestly and honorably is his first priority, which is why he has refused to accept his legislative pension.
“There are many issues facing the state.  But none of these can be solved without a permanent solution to the pension crisis.  Instead of adding to the problem, I’m contributing to a solution.”