State Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, began this new term in the General Assembly looking forward to focusing on policy, not politics, over the next two years.
He emphasized that when one party controls the governorship, the House of Representatives and the Senate, as the Democrats will do, it’s a good opportunity to focus on passing legislation.
“As we enter this new General Assembly, I am focused on the largest roadblocks to Illinois’ success as a state,” Batinick said in a news release. “It is important that we move forward together, and I am ready to work with my colleagues in the House to accomplish the great things our residents deserve.”
The day after Batinick was sworn into office for the 101st General Assembly, he talked about the beginning of the relationship between Democratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker and the Republicans. Batinick and his Democratic colleagues said Pritzker has tried to reach across the aisle.
Batinick told a quick story about Pritzker attending Republican meetings. He said when he went to introduce himself to the governor-elect, Pritzker already knew his name. The state representative already filed various pieces of legislation focusing on what he sees as the state’s biggest challenges, such as balancing the budget, solving the pension crisis and bringing property tax relief to Illinois residents.
Batinick’s 97th Congressional District includes portions of Plainfield, Bolingbrook, Joliet and Shorewood.