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Mark Batinick

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Mark Batinick
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Illinois House of Representatives, District 97
Incumbent
In office
January 14, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois
Personal
ProfessionCommercial real estate broker
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Mark Batinick is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 97. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Biography

Batinick earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in 1992. His professional experience includes working as a commercial real estate broker.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Batinick served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2015
Appropriations-Higher Education
Business & Occupational Licenses
Elementary & Secondary Education School Curriculum Policies
Insurance
Veterans' Affairs

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Batinick's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Economic and Government Reforms

  • Excerpt: "I support Term Limits for state officials. Term limits may be one of the most needed reforms in Illinois. Being a politician has become a way of life instead of a way to serve. This has not been in the best interest of the public."
  • Excerpt: "I support a fair, nonpartisan formula for redistricting. Gerrymandering is responsible for some of the issues facing Illinois. Politicians draw cozy, partisan districts for themselves. This is one of the main reasons there is over a 95% re-election rate for incumbents. That seems impossible in a state run this poorly, but it’s true."
  • Excerpt: "I support Pension Reform. There are three requirements for pension reform. We must keep our honest promises. We must eliminate abuses. We must create a system that is fair and sustainable. The abuses have been well documented. The politicians in Springfield should not have the ability to skip pension payments. This is partially responsible for the problem. Any pension payments should be reasonable and also required by contract. In addition, politicians should not take a pension. As stated previously, politicians are there to serve. It should not be a way of life. When elected, I will not be enrolling in the legislative pension program."
  • Excerpt: "I support Campaign Finance Reform. The recently passed “reform” actually consolidated power. While fundraising limits were put on rank and file politicians, legislative leaders were unaffected. It actually consolidated power and gave Speaker Madigan MORE control. That is not reform. I support true reform."

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 18, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Dennis Grosskopf ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Mark Batinick defeated Richard E. Chapman and Amanda Mancke in the Republican primary. Moira K. Dunn (D) replaced Grosskopf after the primary election. Batinick then defeated Dunn in the general election.[3][4][5][6]

Illinois House of Representatives District 97, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Batinick 56.9% 18,407
     Democratic Moira K. Dunn 43.1% 13,928
     Independent Russ "Odin" Harrison (write-in) 0% 13
Total Votes 32,348


Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Batinick's endorsements included the following:[7]

  • The Stand For Children Illinois PAC

Personal

Batnick and his wife have five children. They reside in Plainfield, Il.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Cross (R)
Illinois House of Representatives District 97
2015–present
Succeeded by
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