PLAINFIELD – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) was re-appointed as House Republican Spokesperson of the Personnel & Pensions Committee in the Illinois House of Representatives for the 102nd General Assembly. Rep. Batinick previously served in this role in the 101st General Assembly.
“It’s an honor to serve again in this role as House Republican Spokesperson for the Personnel & Pensions Committee,” Rep. Batinick said. “While we work to defeat COVID-19, it is imperative we also continue to work to solve the pension crisis in Illinois. I repeat what I said when I was first appointed to this position: this committee is tasked with important work and involves major policy that the future of our State depends on. I look forward to continuing to find bipartisan, sustainable solutions to ensure that future is prosperous for Illinoisans.”
Rep. Batinick has been a leader on the issue of pension reform in Illinois. He was the chief Republican negotiator on SB1300 to consolidate downstate and suburban police and fire pension funds, which was signed into law by Governor Pritzker in 2019. Additionally, his “Batinick Buyout” plan was extended in 2019 because of its success in allowing retirees to be bought out of the pension program at a discounted rate. Rep. Batinick also released videos called “Solving Problems” with solutions for Illinois’ pension crisis drawn out.
This announcement follows Rep. Batinick’s re-appointment to serve as House Republican Floor Leader, announced in January 2021.