SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 101-1 to reject the automatic two percent legislative pay raise scheduled to go into effect this month, passing a bill nearly identical to the one introduced by State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) on May 28.

Rep. Batinick’s HB 4225 would reject the automatic cost-of-living increase for state legislators. However, Democrats refused to allow the Batinick bill to even be considered, instead on Tuesday introducing their own amendment to an existing House bill (HB 576) to accomplish the same result; rejecting the pay raise Democrats were up until this week ready to accept.

Speaking from the House floor during debate, Rep. Batinick said, “It’s amazing what people can get done when we’re not worried about who is taking credit.”
PLAINFIELDOver 100 area employers covering a wide range of manufacturing, labor, health care, educational, retail and community services are set to participate in a free Jobs Fair to be held from 9:00am – 12:30pm on Wednesday, August 5 at Troy Middle School. The event is open to the public and sponsored jointly by State Rep. John Anthony (R-75th) and Rep. Mark Batinick (R-97th).

“Our Jobs Fair matches local job seekers with area employers who are looking to hire right now,” said Rep.’s Anthony and Batinick. “We encourage everyone who’s unemployed, under-employed or simply looking to start a new career to come check out all the exciting opportunities available here in our area.”
FY16 Budget Crisis
·         Budget stalemate continues in Springfield. As the State of Illinois entered the fourth week of the new fiscal year without a balanced budget in place, the Democrat majority again refused to negotiate in good faith and instead continued their piece-meal approach to the budget crisis.

In the House, Democrats again backed a temporary budget to fund certain services at a level that is not sustainable over the course of the entire fiscal year. House Amendment 1 to HB 4143 was adopted by a narrow majority of Democrats, but did not receive enough votes to be passed on Third Reading and was therefore held for future consideration.

The Democrat majority continues to insist on spending levels that are unsustainable.  The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget believes this plan will ultimately require the expenditure of over $36 billion of GRF taxpayer resources for FY16.  The Democrats’ bills march the taxpayers of Illinois toward a $4 billion unbalanced budget one month at a time.

House Republicans continue to stand united in our support for a truly balanced budget that protects the interests of taxpayers, working families and seniors.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner attempted to crank up the pressure Tuesday on House Speaker Michael Madigan over the state budget jam, disparaging the Chicago Democrat for not stopping a $1,360 pay hike for lawmakers while Illinois struggles without a spending plan...

With Democrats controlling legislative traffic, a red light has greeted GOP legislation to reject the raise, keeping it from consideration. Floor requests Tuesday to schedule a hearing were declared out of order.

“Everybody’s going to have to give in a little bit on this budget crisis,” said Rep. Mark Batinick, a Plainfield Republican who is the bill’s lead sponsor. “If we can’t do this easy thing, I don’t know how we’re going to do the hard things...”

PLAINFIELD – With thousands of families having lost access to state services as the Illinois General Assembly remains mired in stalemate without a full budget for the new fiscal year that began July 1, State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) has invited five of his local Democratic colleagues to meet in a public forum to discuss state budget and spending issues.

Rep. Batinick stated, "All too often, citizens only hear one side of an issue.  Taxpayers should hear from both sides at the same event.  They need to hear a full debate.  It's time for us to get past 'talking points'. It's time for both sides to promote their solutions.  I'm ready to promote mine.  I'm willing to debate these issues with my colleagues who serve in the majority."
OSWEGO – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) announces his first annual Senior Health Fair will be held from 10:00am – 12:00pm on Tuesday, July 28 at the Oswego Senior Center, located at 156 E Washington Street in Oswego. The event is free and open to the public.

“Helping local seniors maintain a healthy and active lifestyle is among my most important priorities,” Rep. Batinick said. “I encourage you to visit our fair and take advantage of the many outstanding local programs and services available to seniors in our community.”

40 different community organizations and state/local service providers who offer programs and resources for seniors are participating in the fair. Information covers a wide range of topics including health care, recreation, nutrition, caregiver needs, nursing home and long-term care, supportive living and much more. The State Treasurer’s office also will conduct I-Cash searches for seniors.  I-Cash is a lost assets search that the state may be holding for you. 

Plainfield – With the State of Illinois in dire need of a proper balanced budget, and reforms becoming more and more necessary, freshman legislator Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) has taken on his own advice to the State’s budget process, and will send back 30% of his district office’s allotment.

Rep. Batinick stated, “I cannot go to Springfield and preach about the State turning to reforms, and living within its means, without doing the same myself. With this in mind I have successfully sent thousands of tax-funded dollars intended for my office’s use, back to the State. I always intended to save the State at least 11% of my budget, but with a smart budget and the State always in mind, my district office is returning 30% of its funds. At this time the State of Illinois requires aid to its fiscal issues and I intend to help it in as many ways as I can.”

In addition to his district office savings, Rep. Batinick has sponsored initiatives to study Illinois’ higher education and make it more affordable, and he has also pushed legislation calling for legislators to not accept pay if their budget impasse keeps State employees from receiving their own paychecks.
FY16 Budget Crisis
·         Governor Rauner, Republicans fight to prevent Illinois government shutdown.  Without a budget in place for the new Fiscal Year 2016 (which began on July 1), there is a possibility that paychecks could be delayed for approximately 65,000 state employees starting July 15.

Governor Rauner and his staff are examining their legal options.  The governor stated on Monday, June 29 that “Our lawyers are working hard to ensure that all employees will be paid on their scheduled pay dates.”  Speaker Michael Madigan and Attorney General Lisa Madigan continued to assert that paychecks may well be delayed and parts of Illinois’ government shut down.