Plainfield – Through January and February, State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) sponsored District-wide Self-Defense Courses with the internationally recognized educators at One Light Self Defense. His office first came across One Light’s program during their work with the Plainfield Junior Women’s Club. The One Light self-defense team, based right here in Illinois, began with diversified individuals that were well-trained in self-defense and embraced a passion to help others. They’ve traveled to such places as Nairobi, Kenya, where girls face physical attacks every day, and empowered women, girls, and community leaders with their defense techniques. Now, through the sponsorship of Rep. Batinick and the helpful willingness of the team at One Light Self Defense, women and girls around Shorewood, Plainfield, and Oswego have all been given the same opportunity.

Rep. Batinick said, “After seeing their work with the PJWC, I jumped at the chance to offer our communities this wonderful self-defense program. I want to thank the PJWC for initially bringing the One Light program to my attention, as this was a great way for people to get out and meet their neighbors, empower themselves, and build the networks that keep communities safe. I hope even more people take advantage of this opportunity in the future, as I plan on working with One Light again.”
Jeanette Brook, the Director at One Light, stated, “One Light Self-Defense would like to extend its utmost gratitude to State Representative Mark Batinick for his passion-in-action to keep women safe in his district.  Not only did he empower women to learn how to avoid and face assaults by offering free, hands-on, self-defense workshops, he forwarded donations to aid in the rescue and rehabilitation of victims of sex trafficking.  Together with One Light and the women in his district, all have united to take a stand to defend themselves as well as others in the community, U.S., and internationally.”

Rep. Batinick’s office has indicated that it will promote the next round of courses with One Light Self Defense once the summer activity program is set.

Plainfield – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) recently completed another round of community talks, this time speaking with various locally elected officials around District 97. The discussions come at a time when many people and agencies are hoping to see the State’s budget.

Rep. Batinick stated, “While we have yet to see bipartisan negotiations to bring a budget, part of my duty is to keep community leaders informed of the current situation, and also discuss my own ideas I’d like the State to consider.  With this tour of meetings I heard the concerns of community leaders and let them know that I am embarking upon solutions for our District.”

The districtwide meetings were held with community leaders in Oswego, Plainfield, and Shorewood.

Springfield – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) watched Governor Rauner discuss his plans to still bring the balanced budget he promised taxpayers, while calling for legislators to act now on a balanced budget, or give him the authority to draw the balances.

Rep. Batinick stated, “The state cannot afford the political games that have become the norm lately. We need to act on a budget now. The majority party can agree to work toward a balanced budget with negotiated reforms, or they can assign the authority to the Governor himself. Either way, the time for action is now.”

Governor Rauner’s Budget Address to the General Assembly maintained his will to balance the budget, while calling for the passage of separate legislation to fund schools immediately.

Springfield – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) attended President Obama’s address to the Illinois General Assembly Wednesday, in a speech that dealt with finding common ground in modern politics which are mired in partisan gridlock, particularly in Illinois.

Rep. Batinick stated, “The President discussed how overly partisan politics make debates move away from a place of common ground, and move discussions further right or left. Without reaching across the aisle to settle differences, the machinations of government can become stagnant, and roads go unrepaired, communities are less safe, and budgets aren’t passed. I have made it a point to reach across the aisle to help resolve the state’s challenges in efforts to embark upon better budgeting, to pay our State’s current and past workers, and to bring to light why our higher education system is so expensive and in need of reform.
The President also discussed redistricting reform, as the party in power in each state commonly begins a process of gerrymandering and choosing their voters, instead of the voters choosing them. I have long been a supporter of redistricting reform, and would like to see Illinois use a nonpartisan process similar to the one used for Iowa’s congressional districts, which are more appropriately drawn by population levels and not by the likeliness of each community’s support for one party.
President Obama discussed voter registration and making it easier for all citizens to vote. While Chicago has a history of allegations of voter fraud, it is essential that we ensure ballot integrity by protecting the time-honored American principle of ‘one person, one vote.’ We can achieve higher levels of voter participation and strengthen voter confidence in the way our elections are conducted by making the process more efficient and cost-effective.

I thank the President for his time today, and hope that the General Assembly does come together as he called upon us to, in an effort to settle the State’s biggest issues, lessen the divisive rhetoric, and put Illinois on a better path forward.”