Rep. Mark Batinick
PLAINFIELD – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) today announced his outline for a “1-2-3 State Budget Solution” that would match current revenue estimates, balance spending reforms with structural reforms and prioritize the payment of the existing backlog of state bills, which currently exceeds $10.7 Billion, according to the Office of Comptroller Susana Mendoza.

“First, let’s complete a budget through 2018 that is based on the revenue we have.  Second, let’s make a plan to pay our unpaid bills.  Third, let’s have a thorough discussion about reforms and any new revenue,” Rep. Batinick said.  Passage of a bipartisan budget solution is especially critical in the wake of the court motion filed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan last week seeking to halt state employee pay. 

The first step in Rep. Batinick’s outline to achieve a responsible resolution to the ongoing state budget impasse centers on keeping the budget in line with the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) revenue estimate of approximately $33 Billion, differing from the $38-$40 Billion budget proposal being considered by the State Senate, which contains minimal or no spending reforms. Crafting a state budget at $33 Billion would meet the state’s commitments at a level consistent with the amount of revenue the state takes in. Pension reform would also have to be part of Step 1. (see attached "1-2-3 Plan outline).
MORRIS – The Grundy Economic Development Council and the Grundy Area Vocational Center will have 50 paid internship opportunities for the 2017 Grundy County Summer Internship program.
According to a news release from GEDC CEO Nancy Norton, the program, now in its fifth year, has grown exponentially thanks to the successful partnership between the education and business communities.
“This is a great opportunity for our young people to have real-world experience that will help them as they make future education and career choices. It also opens up their eyes to the great opportunities right here in Grundy County,” Norton said.
Summer internships are available to all juniors and seniors from the four area high schools, Coal City, Gardner/South Wilmington, Minooka and Morris. A wide variety of paid internships are available, in field including but not limited to accounting, engineering, IT, health care, machinists, and much more.
Most positions are fulltime, however, part-time opportunities are available to accommodate interns who might have other summer commitments. Students can view the positions and apply online at gavc-il.org. All applications must be submitted by Feb. 22. If students have additional questions, they can speak with the guidance counselors at their respective schools.
“Many thanks to this year’s participating businesses: Aux Sable Liquid Products, City of Morris, “D” Construction, GEDC, Grainger, Grundy County Health Department, Illinois Truck, Joliet Junior College, LyondellBasell, Mack & Associates, Metalstamp, Midwest Industrial Sales, Morris Hospital, Regency Care, Rezin Orthopedics, SpaceCo Engineering, Standard Bank, US Cold Storage, Utility Concrete, and Village of Minooka,” Norton said in the release.
From the Morris Daily Herald

UPDATE: House Bill 6630 passed the Illinois House of Representatives on January 10 by a vote of 76-24-6.

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House Revenue & Finance Committee today approved legislation filed by State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) to enact a permanent property tax freeze, House Bill 6630. The bill now advances to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

Rep. Batinick’s legislation resets Illinois’ property tax extension formula to 0.0%, starting in levy year 2016 and continuing thereafter with no provision to sunset or be phased out.  It also allows voters of any taxing district to approve a levy increase (property tax hike) by referendum, if they so choose. 

“Property tax relief is the number one issue for suburban homeowners,” Rep. Batinick said. “We need to provide meaningful property tax reform now that will allow working families and seniors on fixed incomes to afford to stay in their homes. House Bill 6630 would accomplish this bipartisan goal.”
191 new laws take effect January 1, 2017. Here is a preview of 26 Illinoisans should know about:

Social media right to privacy
Public Act 99-610, House Bill 4999
Amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act to make it illegal for an employer or prospective employer to request or require an employee or applicant to access a personal online account (such as Facebook) in the presence of the employer. It is also illegal to request or require that an employee or applicant invite the employer to join a group affiliated with any personal online account of the employee, or applicant, or join an online account established by the employer. 

Employee Sick Leave Act
Public Act 99-841, House Bill 6162
Under the new law, employees may now use personal sick leave benefits for purposes dealing with a child, spouse, sibling, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent or step parent. The employee can use such time as may be necessary on the same terms that employee would use the time for their own illness or injury.