SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) issued the following statement today after Governor Bruce Rauner announced plans to restore $26 million in state funding for social service and public health grants; including those for autism services, assistance for the homeless, maintaining the Illinois Tobacco Quitline, funeral and burial assistance for the poor; and other important social services. The Governor’s announcement comes in response to new forecasts showing the state estimated to bring in an extra $300 – $500 million in revenue for this year than previously anticipated.

“Responsible leadership means making tough decisions and setting the right priorities,” Rep. Batinick said. “Governor Rauner has done that here, restoring these important grants for social services and public health initiatives that benefit those most in need. We are going to continue working with the Governor to move Illinois forward and fulfill our shared commitment to make Illinois more compassionate and competitive.”
Small business now has a stronger voice in Springfield thanks to a recently formed Small Business Owners Caucus in the Illinois House of Representatives. Small business owner and State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) has joined as a founding member.

“The needs and concerns of job creators need to be front and center to our efforts in Springfield,” Batinick said. “By reforming the state's tax, regulation and budget policies, we can spur private-sector job growth; empower the innovators and entrepreneurs who create opportunity for families in every corner of Illinois; and ensure that our students right here in the Kendall/Will County area can find competitive careers in the job market after graduation.”

Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) has been working closely with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find solutions to Illinois' persistent budget challenges and advancing positive policy reforms to improve the quality of life and economic opportunity for local families. Rep. Batinick is pictured here on the House Floor with Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) and Rep. Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago).

Springfield, IL – In an effort to combat the high financial responsibility beset upon those who wish to gain a higher education in Illinois, State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) filed House Joint Resolution 66, which aims to address higher education affordability, student retention, and also conduct a study of Illinois’ efforts to capture available federal grants. If the Resolution is agreed upon the Higher Education Affordability Task Force will consist of 16 appointees and will report to the General Assembly by January 1, 2016 with its findings and suggestions.

Representative Batinick stated, “Despite strong state funding for higher education, a simple comparison of Illinois’ universities with their conference peers indicates that they are 30 to 60 percent more expensive. The great expenditures the state invests per student do not lead to strong student retention or lower tuition. Universities across the country are seeing an increase in enrollment while Illinois’ universities are seeing a decrease. I believe a portion of the financial struggles seen in Illinois are derived from how unaffordable it is for students to enter their aspired profession in this state, and my goals with this Task Force aim to find ways that education can become more affordable and also help Illinois retain its homegrown professionals.”
By Rep. Mark Batinick - State Representative, 97th District

On April 9, northern Illinois experienced severe weather that has communities across the state coming together in an effort to help their neighbors overcome the drastic effects of the storm. Low air pressure over Iowa dragged warm, moist air north from the Gulf of Mexico, allowing chaotic temperatures to stretch all the way up to the border separating Illinois and Wisconsin. This instability led to the formation of the first violent tornado of the year touching down in Illinois, packing winds up to 200 miles per hour as it tore through homes and villages. The storm killed two Illinoisans, injured several people, and destroyed or damaged any homes and livelihoods in its path.

As Illinoisans, our next objective is to help those most affected by the vicious tornado. We in Plainfield and its nearby communities have done this during times of destructive weather in the past, and naturally we will continue to help those affected by this latest storm. 

PLAINFIELD — Early education funding cuts now will cost more in crime down the line, law enforcement leaders said Monday.

“We're not going to be able to arrest our way out of these problems later on,” Shorewood Police Chief Aaron Klima said. “If we don't start early, we're just headed for more trouble.”

Klima joined state lawmakers, school officials and members of anti-crime organization Fight Crime: Invest In Kids Illinois at the Bonnie McBeth Learning Center in Plainfield to push for state funding increases for preschool programs...

Each week, sudden cardiac death claims the lives of more than 60 young adults in the United States. This tragedy hit us close to home most recently in February, when an eighth-grade student at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Plainfield collapsed while playing basketball and died from an undetected heart condition.

We may be able to prevent future tragedies like this from happening. Thanks to a remarkably successful initiative in the Chicago area called Young Hearts for Life (YH4L), founded and led by cardiologist Dr. Joseph Marek, our community can step up and take advantage of a proven screening program that literally saves lives.