Springfield – During Illinois’ budget impasse, State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) has drawn up a petition, and also sponsored legislation, stating that if an agreed upon budget is not produced by the General Assembly, legislators should not be given legislative pay. Today he voiced his support of Comptroller Leslie Munger’s proposal to draft legislation that could withhold pay if legislators do not finally pass a balanced state budget.
 
Rep. Batinick stated, “I’ve been pushing this initiative for over a year because any pain felt by unpaid legislators doesn’t compare to the individuals and agencies that are struggling without their dues from the balanced budget that legislators are required to create. The State’s budgetary problems can only be fixed if the 177 people within the General Assembly make it their focus, and I stand by the Comptroller’s proposal to motivate us.”
 
Comptroller Munger said, “We tell small businesses, nonprofits, hospitals, schools and others to wait in line for months for what they’re owed by the state – it’s unconscionable that we would prioritize politician pay and move them to the front.”
 
The state is currently operating on a temporary stopgap budget. The legislature is set to take up the budget once again after the November election, and could be dealing with a budget deficit of $10 billion by that time.
 
 
Rep. Batinick discusses the State's financial issues with Rep. David Harris on Fox News Chicago.
 
Springfield – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) unanimously passed legislation through the Illinois General Assembly that designates Illinois roadways with the namesakes of fallen soldiers. On the day honoring Veterans at the State Fair, Governor Rauner made it a point to sign the Heroes Way Designation Program Act into Illinois law. 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. 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 brought 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. Now with the Heroes Way Act, Illinoisans can pay tribute to those that have laid down their lives for this great country.”
 
The legislation is listed as Public Act 99-0802.
 
 
 
PFC Andrew Meari with his Mother, Denise Meehan.