OSWEGO – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) again held an important Question & Answer session with local students. This time he was at Oswego East High School, where he elaborated on the legislative process while speaking on the importance of voter participation, and giving back to the community.

Rep. Batinick stated, “It’s important to me that I get the perspective of young students’ about local government, especially with the struggle we see the State in to fund the institutions that teach them. Just last week I had to tell the entire House if we didn’t pass Senate Bill 2059 to get a portion of the money we owe to our state institutions, we’d be risking having our universities remain unfunded during a period when many young intelligent minds will be choosing their schools. Luckily that legislation became law, but it’s all tied together. I want to ensure that our young people know that their future is being fought for in Springfield, and with these meetings I try to make that clear. I’d like to thank all the teachers and administrators at Oswego East for giving me this opportunity.”

Rebecca Walters, a Social Studies teacher at Oswego East, said, “Mr. Batinick’s visit today helped our students understand the importance of local government. As the laws for Civics education in Illinois are changing, opportunities like this are vital in educating future voters on the importance of the role they play in their communities.”


A Note from State Rep. Mark Batinick:

Since July of last year, I have called for legislative pay to be halted until a compromised budget is passed. I co-sponsored House Bill 4253, brought by Rep. David McSweeney, which halts legislative pay in times of no budget. I believe if we had done this ten months ago, there would've been a well-compromised budget by now.

If universities, students, and social providers aren't being paid, neither should legislators, and I ask that you sign the petition with your support on this belief. Thank you.

SIGN THE PETITION HERE.


Are you or someone you know a local business owner? Are you looking for qualified job seekers to match your business' employment needs? We are currently accepting reservations from local employers interested in participating in a FREE Jobs Fair in Minooka on Saturday, June 25, sponsored by State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) and State Rep. John Anthony (R-Joliet).

Please see the flyer for full details and contact information on how to sign-up today!
Springfield – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) unanimously passed legislation through the Illinois House that designates Illinois roadways with the namesakes of fallen soldiers. The bill received unanimous approval from the House and awaits further consideration in the Senate. The idea first originated with Denise Meehan, the mother of PFC Andrew Meari, who lost his life while serving in Afghanistan.

Denise said, “The Heroes Way Designation Act ensures the families of Illinois’ fallen that the name of their loved one will be remembered, and spoken, by people of generations still to come. Being remembered, having their name said, hoping some child will one day wonder and be inspired to learn who that bridge, that road, that interchange is named for, is an incredible gift The Heroes Way Act bestows on the families of the fallen. A person lived right here in their community, in their hometown, that so loved this country they laid down their life in its defense. Their sacrifice is forever and their memory should be honored forever. The Heroes Way Act accomplishes this, for me and for all those families that bear the honorable burden of the Gold Star.”

Rep. Batinick stated, “I bring this legislation in honor of Illinois’ Veterans, their families, and all those that have sacrificed for this country, including PFC Andrew Meari for whom this idea first originated. My hope is that all those who have served, including their families, realize the level of appreciation the State of Illinois, and our nation, holds for them.”

Rep. Batinick hopes to see his Heroes Way Designation Act passed unanimously by the entire General Assembly.

 
PFC Andrew Meari and his Mother Denise

 
PFC Andrew Meari upon deployment
State Representative Mark Batinick has written an open letter to all Illinois legislators on the merits of his constitutional pension proposal. The letter and an analysis by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability can be seen below.

Letter to Legislators:

With the State strapped for cash and struggling to meet its obligations now and most likely in the near future, we need to turn our attention to pension reform that is clearly constitutional.

As you know, the Illinois Supreme Court recently made a ruling on pension alterations, declaring, “Nothing prohibits an employee from knowingly or voluntarily agreeing to modify pension benefits from an employer in exchange for valid consideration from the employer.” Therefore, changes to pension plans are allowed if both the state and employee agree to those changes. My House Bill 4427 not only meets this criterion, but can be expanded to save the state more money. Every employee can keep their plan as it stands now. Or they can take what my proposal offers, and this control given to the employee is what the Supreme Court appears to require.
The Plainfield Junior Women's Club will host an Anti-Sex Trafficking Seminar on April 19th, from 6:30PM-8:30PM, at Plainfield North High School located at 12005 S 248th Avenue.

Recent hotline statistics from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center show Illinois had the fifth highest call volume behind only New York, Florida, Texas and California.

The event is free and open to the public. Please come to increase your knowledge about human trafficking in our area, and learn what you can do to help. RSVP's can be sent to ebatinick@gmail.com.


 
Notices of vehicle emission tests due soon on nearly a half a million Illinois vehicles are finally being mailed out, despite a state budget stalemate, state officials said Wednesday.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency had stopped mailing the reminders in December because of the state budget crunch. It resumed doing so Wednesday after the testing contractor, Applus Technologies, agreed to eat the cost of the mailings, state EPA officials said.

"The reminders started to go out Wednesday for vehicles due for emission tests in March, April and May," Illinois EPA spokeswoman Kim Biggs said. "That covers as many as 498,000 vehicles," she said.

With likely delays, the Secretary of State’s office has agreed not to require drivers seeking renewals of their license plate stickers to have emission testing until June 1. Normally, drivers cannot obtain a license plate sticker renewal unless their vehicle has passed emissions testing. Read more in the SunTimes.