Legislative News from Rep. Mark Batinick

Batinick Recycle & Shred Event

I was happy to see 97th District constituents at our Recycle & Shred event in April! The weather held out and we had a successful day, thank you to all who joined us for this event. To stay updated on upcoming events with my office, click here.

Batinick Joint Resolution Honoring Life of PFC Andrew Meari Adopted in House

This month, a joint resolution I introduced—HJR11—passed the Illinois House with 116 “Yes” votes and 0 “No” votes. This resolution would rename a portion of Illinois Route 59 from Caton Farm Road to Illinois Route 126 the “PFC Andrew Meari Memorial Highway.”

PFC Andrew Meari was assigned to service in Afghanistan as a member of the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). When he was returning from active patrol on November 1st, 2010 at a location adjacent to Combat Outpost Senjeray, a vehicle-borne suicide bomber on a motorcycle approached the foot patrol. PFC Meari stepped towards the bomber and absorbed the majority of the explosion, protecting his squadmates. PFC Andrew Meari lost his life with one other member of his squad.

It was a privilege to recognize the life of this incredible young man on the floor of the Illinois House. I look forward to seeing this resolution take effect and further recognize his legacy in the place he called home.

Rep. Batinick: “What’s Happening Behind that Door is Not Democracy”

I spoke at a press conference early this month with House Redistricting Committee Republican Spokesperson Tim Butler (R-Springfield), Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Morrisonville), Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon), and Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) outside the Democrat Map Room in the Stratton Office Building among mounds of old furniture. Here’s my response to this room:

“When I saw the WCIA report last night on this room, I actually at first laughed, then I cried because what’s happening behind that door is not democracy. You know who agrees with me? President Barack Obama. He spoke to the Illinois General Assembly in 2016 about how gerrymandering is bad for the country and the state. I call on my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to join us and the former President and stop what’s happening behind that door.”

You can read the full press release online here.

Batinick Bill to Stop Revolving Door for Pension Funds Passes House

It was terrific to see my bill, HB3004, pass in the House in April. This bill amends the Illinois Pension Code and prohibits members of pension boards, investment boards, and retirement funds from being employed by the same board or fund—or a vendor of that board or fund—for a period of twelve months after ceasing to be a board member.

This bill will address a clear conflict of interest and put a stop to revolving doors for pension board members’ future employment when they step down from their board member roles.

HB3004 passed with 114 “Yes” votes, 0 “No” votes, and 0 “Present” votes and unanimous support in the Personnel & Pensions Committee.

You can track the status of HB3004 in the Senate here.

Statement on House Passage of HB3447

Following the passage of HB3447 in the Illinois House in April, I released the following statement:

“I am very concerned about the passage of HB3447 in the House last week. When Colorado implemented similar legislation in 2019, Denver saw more than double the overdoses involving fentanyl in the following year. I voted ‘Nay’ on HB3447 because of my deep concerns about its consequences in Illinois. I urge the Senate not to pass this detrimental legislation. An amount of fentanyl that is enough to kill thousands of people should not be a misdemeanor. I welcome constituent feedback on this important issue.”

Constituents can provide feedback on HB3447 by calling my office at (815) 254-0000, emailing batinick@ilhousegop.org, or visiting https://www.ilhousegop.org/contactbatinick.

Prepare for Severe Weather

As we welcome spring, it’s important to prepare for severe weather in the 97th District and in Illinois. This year, IEMA marked March as Severe Weather Preparedness Month. Though we are in May, this information is still very helpful to stay prepared for any severe weather that may occur. Find more information, including the Severe Weather Preparedness Guide, online here.

COVID-19 Updates

All Illinois residents ages 12+ are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. You can find additional information for Will County here and Kendall County here. You can also find statewide vaccination locations here.

Illinois entered the “Bridge Phase” of Restore Illinois on Friday, May 14th. This phase is between Phase 4 (Revitalization) and Phase 5 (Illinois Restored) of Restore Illinois. You can find additional information on “A Bridge to Phase 5” online here.