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Friday, August 14, 2015
Week In Review: August 14

Amazon Opens Fulfillment Center in Joliet The online retailing firm, which stockpiles and forwards much (but not all) of the goods sold on its website, has opened its first sorting and order…


Tuesday, August 11, 2015
The Herald-News: Joliet Area Democratic State Legislators Skip Plainfield Rep. Batinick’s Public Meeting

By VIKAAS SHANKER – vshanker@shawmedia.com   JOLIET – Another attempt at organizing a debate with state Rep. Mark Batinick’s Democratic colleagues turned into another no-show by the five state legislators. Batinick,…


Friday, August 7, 2015
Week In Review: August 7

General Assembly Pay Freeze House Republicans unanimously co-sponsor a bill to block pay increase for FY16; General Assembly approves the measure. The automatic 2% “cost of living” pay increase was…


Wednesday, August 5, 2015
No Budget No Pay

Throughout my first year as a State Representative, I have stated that it would be inappropriate for state legislators to collect pay while state employees do not during any extended…


Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Rep. Mark Batinick Supports Measure to Provide Federal Funds to Social Services

Plainfield – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) is pleased that the Illinois Senate will consider a new plan to provide almost $5 billion in federal funds to social services during…


Monday, August 3, 2015
Rep. Batinick to Have Second Public Discussion on State Budget August 10

PLAINFIELD – As July turns into August with the General Assembly yet to produce a budget, and with thousands at risk of losing access to state services, State Rep. Mark…


Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Illinois House Approves Bill to Nix Legislative Pay Raise

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 101-1 to reject the automatic two percent legislative pay raise scheduled to go into effect this month, passing a bill…


Monday, July 27, 2015
Rep. Batinick, Anthony Jobs Fair Set for August 5

PLAINFIELD– Over 100 area employers covering a wide range of manufacturing, labor, health care, educational, retail and community services are set to participate in a free Jobs Fair to be…


Friday, July 24, 2015
Week In Review: July 24

FY16 Budget Crisis Budget stalemate continues in Springfield. As the State of Illinois entered the fourth week of the new fiscal year without a balanced budget in place, the Democrat…


Wednesday, July 22, 2015
CBS Local: Rauner Blasts Madigan for Lawmaker Pay Hike Amid Budget

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner attempted to crank up the pressure Tuesday on House Speaker Michael Madigan over the state budget jam, disparaging the Chicago Democrat for not…