Batinick Bulletin – Legislative News from Rep. Mark Batinick for Veto Session Week 1

Greetings! We had a little bit of December in November this week, but that didn’t stop us from our veto session down in Springfield. We met on Tuesday and Wednesday this week and will not be meeting next week. However, the week after, we will be meeting on November 29th, November 30th, and December 1st.

Next week, I wish you happy Thanksgiving holidays and joyful memories with loved ones. Be sure to keep an eye on the turkey in the oven and stretch before and after any Turkey Trots!

Illinois House Republican Caucus Elects State Rep. Tony McCombie as Leader

The Illinois House Republican Caucus elected Tony McCombie from Savanna as the House Republican Leader for the upcoming 103rd General Assembly.

Leader-elect McCombie said: “The House Republican Caucus is focused on helping Illinois families by offering common sense solutions to the many problems our state faces. We will be a unified force that will grow our party by sticking to our core values and ending the corruption that has pervaded state government.”

Before becoming State Representative, McCombie served as the Mayor of Savanna, where she was known for balanced budgets and a solid administrative background. She was first elected in 2016 as State Representative after defeating an incumbent Democrat. She is currently the Republican Spokesperson on the Restorative Justice Committee.

Inauguration for the 103rd General Assembly will occur on January 11th, 2023.

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Batinick Resolution Honoring Heroic Oswego Police Officers Adopted in House

On Tuesday, my resolution honoring Oswego Police Officers Rebecca Hayes and Chad Vargas for their lifesaving actions on June 12th was adopted in the House.

Back in June, a northbound car on Harvey Road drove through a stop sign and struck a dump truck hauling a trailer while heading east on Wolf’s Crossing in Oswego. Officers Hayes and Vargas responded and found the car in the intersection with its engine on fire. The driver couldn’t exit the vehicle, so Officer Hayes ran around to rescue the driver while Officer Vargas extinguished the flames. They then performed lifesaving measures and first aid until paramedics arrived. It was later determined the driver was charged with a DUI, among other charges.

Their selfless courage that is so indicative of Illinois police officers helped save lives and it was my honor to recognize them in the House this week.

Give Blood This Thanksgiving Season

You don’t need a special reason to give blood. You just need your own reason! Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend, some know a family member or friend might need blood some day, some believe it’s the right thing to do, or some do it for the free cookies and juice! Find what to expect, how to prepare, and a way to schedule an appointment online here!

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