Although Illinois residents already pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation, three economists at the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago recently recommended an additional 1 percent tax on a home's value to remedy the state's climbing pension debt.
An Illinois regulatory agency's decision to hire a former Chicago police officer with a past that included close ties to the Mickey Cobras street gang was "a massive mistake," Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) said during a recent interview.
Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) doesn’t see how Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker can get a fair return on the more than $105 million they combined to invest in their recent primary victories.
The controversial bailout of Exelon by Illinois taxpayers has come to the forefront again in the wake of the recent primaries and a recent article in Crain's Chicago Business about a former top Exelon executive revealing the company's lobbying power.
Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) is worried that the vote on a number of referendum proposals on the March 20 ballots in Will County may not be totally representative of the voting population of the community.
Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) insists he hasn’t spent a lot of time stressing over Illinois Lottery Control Board Chairman Blair Garber’s recent condemnation of the city of East St. Louis because he’s been too busy setting the record straight over what he sees as distortions regarding another state.