Another GOP candidate announces plans to seek Cross’ seat in state House
By Brian Stanley email@example.com September 23, 2013 3:42PM
Mark Batinick | Supplied photo
Updated: October 25, 2013 6:14AM
PLAINFIELD — Another Republican candidate has announced plans to seek the GOP nomination for a chance to replace outgoing House Minority Leader Tom Cross in the state Legislature next year.
Business consultant Mark Batinick on Monday announced plans to pursue the 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 a bid for 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” in government.
Batinick said gambling expansion and expensive projects to create jobs are strategies that haven’t worked, but reforming taxes and regulations on private businesses would 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 (R-Oswego) has spent 20 years in the state House, but announced last month he will pursue the state treasurer position instead of seeking re-election.