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We have received this information from Lisa Madigan, the Attorney General of Illinois.  It may be very informative to all of our residents.  -- Patti Bellock, State Representative, 47th District

Equifax, an Atlanta based credit-rating agency, suffered a security breach on July 29th that exposed sensitive information of millions of Americans.   Such information included social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit card numbers, birthdays, and addresses. It has been determined that 5.4 million Illinois residents have been affected by the breach.

The company has set up a website where you can check if your personal information was affected by the breach:

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has opened an investigation into the recent security breach, and called on Equifax to provide free credit freezes to all Illinois residents in the wake of the breach. She urges Illinois residents to take the Equifax breach seriously and take steps to protect themselves from the possibility of identity theft:
ELMHURST– State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) invites local parents and students to attend an “Internet Safety Town Hall” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20 at Elmhurst College’s Illinois Hall, located at 190 Prospect Avenue. The event features an interactive seminar presented by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office on how to keep teens and young adults safe online.  The Internet Safety Town Hall is free and open to the public. 

“Keeping our children and grandchildren safe is every family’s number one priority,” Rep. Bellock said. “Our interactive seminar will help educate both parents and students on the evolving threat of online predators and the many different ways they prey on kids. We can prevent more teens and young adults from becoming victims by helping keep families informed with tips and resources to keep kids safe.”

Please call Rep. Bellock’s office at (630) 852-8633 for questions or more information.

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Lyons Township residents who wish to appeal their property tax assessment are currently able to pre-file an appeal with the Cook County Board of Review. Residential appeals are for taxpayers who own a single family home, small apartment building, or mixed-use property (commercial/residential) with less than 7 total units and less than 20,000 total square feet.

To download a copy of the appeal form or to learn more, please click HERE.
State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) welcomes guests at The Community House in Hinsdale for the second in a series of three property tax forums she is hosting throughout the 47th District. More than 125 local residents attended the presentation for residents of Downers Grove Township. Rep. Bellock hosted a property tax forum in Western Springs on Wednesday for residents of Lyons Township; and will be hosting a third property tax event in Elmhurst on Thursday, September 14 at Wilder Mansion. Please call Rep. Bellock's office at (630) 852-8633 with questions. 

State Rep. Patti Bellock
GLEN ELLYN– The Illinois Human Trafficking Task Force will hold its next hearing at College of DuPage from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, task force member and State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) announced today. The task force, created last year to help policymakers and law enforcement more effectively target and combat forced sexual exploitation in the State of Illinois, is holding its upcoming hearing at College of DuPage to raise public awareness on the challenges associated with treating human trafficking victims and preventing future cases of sexual exploitation. 

Guest speakers scheduled to appear at the hearing include representatives from the Salvation Army’s “STOP-IT” initiative against human trafficking; the Heartland Alliance; the Rockford Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation; the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation; the Illinois Department of Human Services Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking division; the Illinois Attorney General’s Office; the Immigrant and Workers Rights Practice Group; and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
State Rep. Patti Bellock
WESTMONT– State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) invites local residents to attend any of three upcoming  forums entitled “Understand & Learn How to Appeal Your Property Taxes” to educate and empower homeowners about the process for determining property taxes and how to appeal if they are being over-assessed. All forums are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. 

“We welcome every local homeowner to attend our property tax forum to learn about the process and get their questions answered,” Rep. Bellock said. “We are grateful that our local assessors have agreed to offer these forums as an informational resource for area homeowners and property tax payers.”

Wednesday September 6
Western Springs Village Hall, Lower Level
740 Hillgrove Ave., Western Springs
Presented by a representative from the Cook County Assessor’s Office (for residents of Lyons Township)

Thursday, September 7
The Community House, Kettering Hall
415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale
Presented by Greg Boltz, Downers Grove Township Assessor 

Thursday, September 14
Wilder Mansion
211 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst
Presented by Deanna Wilkins, York Township Assessor
State Rep. Patti Bellock joins Hinsdale Mayor Tom Cauley and other village officials at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Hinsdale Middle School on Monday. The school is expected to open next year.