Batinick Bulletin – Legislative News from Rep. Mark Batinick for May 2022

Greetings! I’m writing to provide my monthly legislative update for May. Over the course of the truncated spring session, the General Assembly passed 404 bills through both chambers and adjourned in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 9th. You can find more information about what we did in session specifically from last week’s newsletter reviewing our spring session online here.

“And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.” – President Ronald Reagan

At the end of this month, we will observe Memorial Day. Thank you to all our Gold Star families who have made the ultimate sacrifice in their loss. The House recognized Memorial Day in early April towards the end of our spring session since we are not in session on Memorial Day weekend. It was a privilege to recognize the brave men and women who gave their lives for our nation. Take time to thank a veteran today and support Gold Star families.

Please feel free to reach out to my office at any time by calling (815) 254-0000 or emailing May brings lots of celebrations—graduations, weddings, and Memorial Day barbecues. I wish you happy celebrations and extend my congratulations to all 97th District graduates. You should be proud of what you have accomplished.

As the month winds down into the summer, I hope you enjoy your Memorial Day celebrations with family and friends. Please be sure to remember then: freedom isn’t free.

Plainfield Blood Drive

This month, I’m hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross in Plainfield! Join us at the Plainfield Community Center on Friday, May 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Find more information about how you can sign up to give a lifesaving gift here.

Rep. Batinick’s Last Sponsored Bill Passes House

At the end of March, my last sponsored piece of legislation passed the House with unanimous support. Senate Bill 3785 will allow a pension transfer credit for county correctional officers. I was happy to see my last bill to pass through the House will help our local police officers. It has been an honor to see my legislation pass through these halls and head to the Governor’s desk for the past seven years. I’m grateful to my constituents and fortunate to have seen ideas turn to change in the Statehouse to make Illinois a better place to live.

Small Credit Move Leaves Illinois Debt Three Notches Away from Junk Bond Status

The move by Moody’s Investors Service places Illinois’ largest tier of debt at Baa1. The “Baa” level is Moody’s lowest investment-grade super-category. Bonds and debt securities within “Baa” can be Baa1, Baa2, or Baa3. “Baa”-rated debt securities must pay higher rates of interest than debts ranked A, Aa, or Aaa. Even with the April move, Moody’s said Illinois’ credit remains lower than that of any other state in the nation.

Good Luck on Final Exams!

If you are a student or parent of a student preparing for final exams in May, find some helpful study tips from my alma mater here! Best of luck to everyone taking finals this month and wishing you a happy summer!

Information about REAL ID

  • The REAL ID card will cost the same as a traditional drivers’ license.
  • The federal REAL ID Act is meant to help national security by increasing the level of verification required to obtain a card that can be sued to enter a secure location such as an airport boarding area, a military base, or a federal building.
  • Applicants Will Have to Show: Printed Social Security number, two documents that show proof of residency, and additional identity documentation.

Illinois Road Construction Set to Intensify

The job of rebuilding Illinois roads and bridges during these warmer months will reduce traffic lanes, slow traffic, and lead to interactions between construction workers and moving vehicles. Staying safe means obeying slow-down postings and changing lanes, especially when an emergency responder is on the highway. To plan ahead, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will maintain a map and list of active Illinois highway work zones throughout the 2022 construction season.

O’Hare Moves toward Terminal Construction

The $8.5 billion project to build and rebuild the passenger takeoff-and-landing structures of O’Hare is now underway, with a major rebuild of aging Terminal 5 expected to be completed in late 2023. The rebuild will be the first stage of this reconstruction project and will reconfigure takeoff-and-landing gate space to enable more flights into and out of Chicago. This will also lead to the movement of Chicago-based international jet traffic from Terminal 5 to a new Global Terminal. This Global Terminal will sit on top of what is now the 60-year-old Terminal 2, which will be torn down and replaced. Terminal 1 will get additional satellite concourses that will be connected to the mother terminal by additional tunnels. This rebuild project—O’Hare 21—will increase gate capacity by 25% and passenger terminal space by 80%.

Illinois Throwback: Learn More about Illinois History

  • An uncompromising devotion to duty: Among the many important components of the Allied victory in the Pacific war was the U.S. Navy’s submarine service, and the intelligence and codebreaking operations which allowed American planners to disrupt Japanese operations throughout the war effort. Squarely at the intersection of these two was Captain John Philip Cromwell of Henry, Illinois.

COVID-19 Updates

The April move came in response to a federal court decision on Monday, April 18th. The decision struck down the authority of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to impose mask mandates in places of public transportation throughout the U.S. In response to this decision, the arms of the RTA stated face coverings and masks would no longer be required on Chicago-area buses and trains. Public transportation agencies in other parts of Illinois were expected to take similar steps.