On January 1, 237 new laws will take effect in Illinois. Unfortunately, a balanced budget is not among them.

Several of the new laws affect children, veterans and the elderly. Others affect drivers and consumers. Here's a quick look at some of the more notable laws taking effect on Friday, January 1.

A full list of new laws can be found here.
On December 17th Rep. Batinick attended the Final Report meeting for the Task Force on Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates in Chicago. The Task Force's purpose is to study issues of local government and school district consolidation and redundancy, and to make recommendations that will ensure accountable and efficient government and education in the State of Illinois.
Rep. Batinick stated, "The goals of this Task Force fall right in line with my own legislative initiatives, as they address the nitty gritty issues that shackle our local governments and our local education systems. After offering up many initiatives that aim to make Illinois more efficient, it is very important that I contributed to this unique Task Force."

Thompson Center, Chicago

The Task Force:
  •  Conducted a comprehensive review of State laws relating to local government and school district consolidation;
  •  Conducted a comprehensive review of State laws relating to unfunded mandates on local government bodies and school districts;
  •  Identified opportunities to consolidate, streamline, or eliminate duplicative governmental bodies, school districts, and taxing authorities;
  •  Identified opportunities to replace, revise, or repeal unfunded mandates placed on local governments and school districts;
  •  Discussed solutions and impediments to consolidation of local governments and school districts;
  •  Analyzed the success of programs and legislation with similar goals implemented in Illinois and other states; and
  •  Prepared a final report to the Governor and the General Assembly making specific recommendations to consolidate local governments and school districts.
The Task Force held 16 meetings across the state and has heard testimony from 33 experts representing government associations, nonprofit think tanks, researchers, and state agencies. It also received more than 85 proposals and has endorsed 27 recommendations on topics relating to local government consolidation and unfunded mandates.
PLAINFIELD - State Representative Mark Batinick was honored to help serve over 100 seniors at the Holiday Luncheon held on December 7. The event was hosted by the Plainfield Park District and Plainfield Township, at the Plainfield Fire Department's Training Center.

Rep. Batinick said, "This is always a big event and I was thrilled to say hi to so many people in our local community, and also serve up some lunches. Thank you to all that volunteered and participated, and thank you to the Park District and Township for hosting."

The Plainfield Fire Protection District will host a community blood drive with Heartland Blood Centers on Saturday, December 12th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Fire District Administration and Training Facility, 23748 W. 135th Street.

Blood that is collected goes to area hospitals to help those in need. One blood donation can help up to 3 people. Anyone age 16 or older is eligible to donate blood. Please bring a picture ID and eat a good meal prior to donating. All blood donors will receive a game day football T-shirt in appreciation of their donation.

Students who donate blood will be eligible to enter a drawing for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. Walk-ins are welcome, but if you would like to sign up for a preferred donation time please call 815-733-7335 or visit www.heartlandbc.com to reserve your preferred donation time.

Give the gift of life this holiday season!
PLAINFIELD – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) has announced his Chief Co-Sponsorship of House Resolution 890, which further states his belief that the Illinois Income Tax Act should not be amended to permit taxing retirement income.

Rep. Batinick stated, “Retirees, including seniors, have worked hard all their lives to provide for their families and retirement security. It is my belief that the State should not tax their earnings.”

Rep. Batinick has offered solutions to make Illinois’ state government more efficient in ways that don’t require it to tax its retirees.