Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season to you and your family!

As we reflect on this year and look forward to the start of 2017, I would like to express my appreciation for the many parents, educators, community leaders, first responders, small business owners and working families who make Will and Kendall Counties such a special place to live. I have enjoyed meeting so many of you this year at events in the community and listening to your concerns. May the holidays bring joy and blessings to you and your loved ones as you make new memories that your family will cherish for years to come.

I hope you will join me in thanking the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces serving overseas as well as our active duty military and veterans here at home who have done so much to preserve our freedom and way of life. Let’s keep them and their families foremost in our thoughts and prayers this holiday season. To learn about benefits and services available to Illinois veterans and returning servicemen and women, please visit the Veterans Resources page.

The Illinois House of Representatives is scheduled to return to Springfield on January 9. It is my earnest hope that the Governor and the General Assembly will resume state budget negotiations in good faith between now and then. We must come together to reach a compromise that protects the interests of taxpayers as well as those who rely upon a stable safety net.

Please be sure to check back here in the coming weeks and follow me on Facebook to stay informed of the latest news on legislation and important issues impacting Illinois families.

As always, thank you for the honor and privilege of serving you. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Mark Batinick
State Representative, 97th District