Rep. Batinick: I’m not supporting non-essential bills until Illinois has a budget

Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield)
SPRINGFIELD – With the Illinois General Assembly scheduled to return to session today amidst a crippling 22-month long state budget impasse, State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) has announced he will not be supporting any non-essential legislation until a state budget is brought to the House Floor for debate and a vote.

Representative Batinick identified four categories of essential legislation that he will continue to vote on. Those categories include: any budget-related bills, legislation that would make state government more efficient, legislation that has the ability to produce private-sector job growth; and any bills which impact immediate public safety concerns.

“We have to put our priorities in the right place,” Rep. Batinick said. “Right now, that means passing a state budget and ending this destructive, unnecessary impasse. I may be only one legislator, but I can do my part and set an example by personally refusing to participate in wasting the legislature’s time by not supporting any bills that are non-essential or distract from the most important thing we should be doing right now, which is to pass a budget.”

The Illinois House of Representatives is scheduled to return to session in Springfield April 24-28.

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