Plainfield – On September 27, U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan granted a motion to eliminate Illinois’ Election Day voter registration policy in all 102 of its counties. The decision came via a case in which plaintiffs claimed that Illinois’ Election Day Registration policy was unconstitutional because it was mandated in all counties, yet only larger populated counties were required to have Election Day Registration available at each polling place.
Foreseeing the logistical issue within the polling places, and the legal issue within the courts, State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) last year filed House Bill 2936 that sought to change same day registration from every precinct in large counties to 1 per 100,000 voters.
Now, he’d like to refile language which would require one Election Day Registration polling place per each township throughout the State. He stated, "I believed the plan was unconstitutional last year, as only some voters had easy access to same day voting. It was also a logistical nightmare requiring it at every location because too much extra staff and equipment were needed, including high speed internet at each precinct. This all slowed the process for people who took the time to pre-register, to simply vote. It cost the county I live in about $1.6 million to support extra voters at overworked polling places."
"I am currently drafting a bill requiring at least one same day registration site per township throughout the State. These locations can be staffed properly with the proper resources, and we can have separate operations in place for pre-registered and same-day voters. A more centralized location for same-day voters will make the process more efficient for all voters, and make Illinois’ elections less convoluted."
Plainfield – With the State of Illinois still in dire need of a proper balanced budget, and reforms becoming more and more necessary, Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) has taken on his own advice to the State’s budget process, and will once again send back 30% of his district office’s allotment.
Rep. Batinick stated, “As I’ve stated before, I cannot go to Springfield and preach about the State turning to reforms, and living within its means, without doing the same myself. Knowing this I have again sent back almost 22,000 tax-funded dollars intended for my office’s use, back to the State. My hope is that these dollars go to agencies and individuals that have seen the State continuously break its promises to them regardless of the year. In-District we have successfully brought jobs fairs, kids’ fairs, senior fairs, and self-defense courses, but 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, legislatively and through monetary savings.”
In addition to his district office savings, Rep. Batinick has sponsored initiatives to study Illinois’ higher education and make it more affordable. Through January and February he was a part of a Government Consolidation Task Force that published suggestions to help local governments rein in costs, relieving taxpayers and lessening Illinois’ excessive bureaucracy. He is also in favor of legislators’ pay being held until the State’s budget is finally fully produced.
Plainfield – In service to local motorists, State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) is pleased to announce that the contracting company D Construction, Inc. has successfully bid to complete a roadway improvement on 127th Street, from Heggs Road to west of US Route 30 in Plainfield. When completed, this project will improve the operation of the highway facility.
The specific details of construction staging will be discussed at a preconstruction meeting between D Construction, Inc. and the Illinois Department of Transportation on September 22, 2016 at 11AM in IDOT’s 2nd Floor Construction Conference Room located at 201 W. Center Court, in Schaumburg.
The estimated start date of the project will be October 2016, with an estimated completion date of November 2017.
Rep. Batinick stated, “This road project should improve our highway facility while keeping local traffic at a steady pace during construction. I encourage all interested people to come to the preconstruction meeting where the resident engineer will be on hand to answer all questions.”