SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) asks for voters to consider the direction of the state of Illinois has gone over the past four decades when deciding how to cast their votes on Tuesday.

“I want them to consider that Mike Madigan has been there as House Speaker for the last four decades, and that we’ve tried things his way over and over again with the results being what has put this state in the depths we now find it,” Batinick told Heartland Newsfeed. “There’s no question, Mike Madigan has to go for the sake and good of Illinois.”

Batinick is facing a challenge in his re-election bid from Democrat Mica Freeman in the 97th District.

Batinick stated that the difference between he and his opponent should not be overlooked by voters in what some consider to be the most critical election to the state’s future in recent history.

“I propose solutions to problems on basically every front,” Batinick added. “The reality is I haven’t seen one solution coming from my opponent on any of the issues that are most pressing to the state. She’s also beholden in ways to Madigan that are quite concerning.”

Batinick attributes the talk surrounding additional taxes to Democrats, which includes proposal from gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker, which shows support of progressive and mileage taxes. He also mentions that the increasing taxes are turning more voters off and potentially joining the growing number of residents leaving the state, which may be contributing to the declining voter turnout in the past few cycles.

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“More taxes and higher spending is not the answer,” he said. “It never has been. These are critical times for the future of Illinois and people need to be considering things like that. In the end, I hope it will bring more of them out to cast their votes in favor of Republicans that truly have their best interest at heart.”

The 97th District includes all or parts of Oswego, Plainfield, Troy and Wheatland.

Jake Leonard, a broadcast media and journalism veteran, is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. Leonard is also GM and program director of Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network and a contributing writer for My Sports Vote, Ambush Sports and Midwest Sports Network. He resides at home in Nokomis, Ill. with his dogs Sparky and Buster.

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