FY16 Budget
·         Governor Rauner signs education budget bill.  On Wednesday, June 24, Governor Rauner signed the elementary and secondary education component of the Fiscal Year 2016 State budget, taking our children’s education out of the crossfire in Springfield.  While HB 3763 does not increase education spending by as much as the governor’s proposal, it does increase K-12 education funding by $244 million and early childhood education funding by $25 million.

“Education is the most important thing we do as a community.  I would have done more for our schoolchildren, but I am taking action today to ensure our teachers are paid and our schools are open and funded,” Governor Rauner said.  “I refuse to allow Speaker Madigan and the legislators he controls to hold our schools hostage as part of their plan to protect the political class and force a tax hike on the middle class without real reform.”
Thank you to everyone that made the Plainfield Senior Picnic such a terrific success this year! Over 100 people joined us outside at the Plainfield Township Community Center. Many thanks are also due to the Plainfield Park District and Plainfield Township for sponsoring the event.

Hundreds of local families attended Rep. Batinick's Kids Fair at Plainfield Central High School on Saturday featuring the popular Touch-A-Truck exhibit, Traveling World of Reptiles show, dance and martial arts demonstrations, and dozens of local and state agencies that provide programs and services to kids and their families. Check out our photo gallery to catch a glimpse of the fun!

PLAINFIELD – Believing it would be inappropriate for state legislators to accept pay in the event that state employees are not paid during a potential extended budget deadlock this summer, State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) has become the Chief Co-Sponsor of House Resolution 591, which deems that legislators should not receive their salaries in a timely manner if state employees are not paid their salaries on time.

 Rep. Batinick stated, “If the state legislature cannot come together in the bipartisan manner that constituents expect and deserve to pass a responsible budget, legislators have no right to collect pay if our gridlock becomes the reason that state workers don’t get their own pay. This Resolution makes it clear who actually wants the legislature to come together; and who is simply in Springfield to play party politics without regard for its effect on hard-working Illinoisans. As a freshman legislator I came to Springfield to bring new ideas and initiatives, and if an initiative as significant as a smart budget cannot be done, there’s no reason anyone in my position should consider their pay earned. We have bipartisan work to do.”
Are you unemployed, underemployed, or looking to make a career change? Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 5 to attend a FREE Jobs Fair connecting local job seekers with employers who are hiring right now! The Jobs Fair is sponsored by Rep. Mark Batinick and Rep. John Anthony.

Placing telemarketing calls to wireless phones is - and always has been - illegal in most cases.

Why the confusion about telemarketing to wireless phones?

Consumers report receiving emails saying they'll soon begin receive telemarketing calls on their wireless phones. The confusion seems to stem from discussions in the wireless phone industry about establishing a wireless 411 phone directory, much like your traditional (wired) 411 phone directory. A number of email campaigns seem to suggest that if your wireless telephone number is listed in a wireless 411 directory, it will be available to telemarketers, and you will start to receive sales calls. In addition, some of these email campaigns suggest that there is a separate do-not-call "cell phone registry," which you must call to have your wireless phone number covered by the do-not-call rules. This information is inaccurate.

The facts

Even if a wireless 411 directory is established, most telemarketing calls to wireless phones would still be illegal. For example, it is unlawful for any person to make any call (other than a call made for emergency purposes or made with express prior consent) using any automatic telephone dialing system or any artificial or prerecorded voice message to wireless numbers. This law applies regardless of whether the number is listed on the national Do-Not-Call list.

The federal government does not maintain and is not establishing a separate Do-Not-Call list for wireless phone numbers.

Wireless phone subscribers have always been able to add their personal wireless phone numbers to the national Do-Not-Call list, either online, or by calling toll-free 1-888-382-1222 from the phone number they wish to register. The do-not-call rules require callers that are not exempt from the rules to stop telemarketing calls 30 days after you register a number.

There is no deadline for registering a number on the national Do-Not-Call list. There is also no longer any need to re-register a number – it will stay on the national Do-Not-Call list until you cancel your registration or discontinue service. Read more.
Reptile Show, and a Touch-A-Truck exhibit with over 25 vehicles for the kids to see, touch and sit in, among the special attractions

PLAINFIELDOver 40 area vendors covering a wide range of educational, health and child care, recreational and community services will participate in State Rep. Mark Batinick’s Kid’s Fair to be held on Saturday, June 20 from 9:00am – 12:30pm at Plainfield Central High School. The annual event also features the popular Traveling Reptile Show to take place at 10:30am, and a Touch-A-Truck exhibit with over 25 vehicles for the kids to see, touch and sit in.

Admission to the event is FREE with complimentary refreshments and giveaways also provided. Information will be available on topics such as cyber bullying, fire safety, bicycle safety, after-school programs, daycare, nutrition, internet safety and library programs; to name just a few.

“As a freshman legislator I am very excited to host an event that connects kids and families to the tremendous local resources and activities available throughout our area,” said Rep. Batinick. “This Fair will be interactive, fun, and informational for families of all ages, and I hope every local family can attend.”
PLAINFIELD – State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) has announced the official launch of his Summer Reading Club for students entering kindergarten through sixth grades. The program is offered to encourage reading among local youth and promote the lifelong benefits of literacy. Free brochures are available for download on Rep. Batinick’s website by clicking HERE or by calling Rep. Batinick’s District Office at (815) 254-0000.

Students are challenged to read eight books over their summer break. Books from local library programs are accepted; and books of 150 pages or more count as two. After a student completes his/her reading list, they must have a parent or guardian certify the reading was accomplished and return the signed form on the brochure to Rep. Batinick’s office by the deadline of Monday, August 17.