Plainfield businessman to run for state rep
BY BRIAN STANLEY firstname.lastname@example.org September 23, 2013 1:32PM
Mark Batinick | Supplied photo
Updated: September 23, 2013 9:01PM
PLAINFIELD — A Plainfield businessman has joined the race to replace Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross, R-Oswego, as state representative next year.
Business consultant Mark Batinick announced Monday he will pursue the Republican nomination for the 97th District, which includes Plainfield, Shorewood and Oswego.
“While the list of what ails us is long, the root cause of all of it can be boiled down to two things: a poor job climate and a lack of government reform,” Batinick said in a statement.
Batinick is a precinct committeeman who holds a degree in business education and is a state-certified accounting teacher. He narrowly lost being elected Will County Auditor last fall against incumbent Duffy Blackburn.
The founder of the Will County Liberty Club and chairman of the For the Good of Illinois action committee, Batinick has emphasized “transparency and efficiency” at all levels of government.
Batinick said gambling expansion and expensive projects to create jobs are strategies that haven’t worked, but reforming taxes and regulation on private businesses will be more efficient ways to address the budget and unemployment.
“Most current Illinois politicians don’t understand the cause of our situation. Of those that do, few have the solutions or the willingness to implement the needed actions,” Batinick said. “It’s been a parade of gimmicks. There’s always a new tax or fee.”
Rick Chapman, another Republican, announced last week he would like to succeed Cross. Chapman has been mayor of Shorewood for 12 years.
Cross has been a representative for 20 years but announced last month he will pursue the state treasurer position instead of seeking re-election.