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Rep. Patti Bellock
I would like to thank everyone who contacted my office in recent weeks to share their concerns about the need to pass a state budget and the income tax increase that was ultimately enacted over the Governor’s veto. While finally having a state budget provides a much-needed measure of stability to the safety net for the most vulnerable in our community, the budget that was passed was NOT the outcome many of us were working toward. 

The General Assembly passed a state budget with a 32% income tax increase on July 2 and voted to override the Governor’s vetoes on July 6, making them law. I opposed this budget because it does not have the fundamental changes that are necessary to put the State on a positive path long-term; specifically, economic and worker’s comp reforms that would attract private-sector employers and entrepreneurs to locate and create jobs here in Illinois.
Governor Bruce Rauner signed a key criminal justice reform bill chief co-sponsored by State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) at the capitol on Friday. The new law is aimed at curbing the out of control gun violence happening on the streets of Chicago. Attendees at the bill signing were Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale), State Rep. Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago), and other members of the General Assembly.

“762 murders and 4,331 shooting victims in Chicago last year is simply horrific, it must stop!” Rep. Bellock said. “None of us enjoy turning on the news each day to hear there was another death on the streets of Chicago as a result of gang violence. This bill will help curb that violence and crack down on the criminals who keep committing these heinous crimes.”

SB 1722 makes a number of changes to the criminal justice system to improve how we punish and rehabilitate gun offenders, as well as combat gang violence in Illinois. The bill will strengthen sentencing guidelines on offenders whom have committed a gun crime before. It creates a First-Time Weapon Offender Diversion Program to address the underlying reasons why a young adult may have committed the offense. Additionally, the bill will create a Violent Crime Intelligence Task Force within the Illinois State Police. This task force will be dedicated to combatting gun violence and other violent crime in Chicago and around the state.
Rep. Patti Bellock
WESTMONT– State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) announced her intention today to decline pay and per diem during the 10-day special session of the Illinois General Assembly scheduled for June 21-30. State law provides that legislators are to be paid for their gas and lodging expenses related to attending session at the Capitol in addition to their regular salary.

It will cost taxpayers an additional $24,237 per-day for the Illinois House of Representatives and State Senate to be in special session during the final 10 days of June. 

“I will not accept pay or per diem during the special session,” Rep. Bellock said. “We need to come together to pass a full-year comprehensive balanced budget. The most vulnerable in our state; including seniors on fixed incomes, single parents and their children, and individuals with physical, intellectual or developmental disabilities cannot afford the continued destruction of our social safety net.”

“We also cannot afford to let critical road safety projects shut down on July 1, or allow the Illinois economy to sink further due to credit downgrades and the continued loss of jobs to neighboring states,” Bellock added. “Passing a full-year, balanced budget is the only way to avoid these damaging outcomes. I do not believe I should accept pay or per diems to return to Springfield after the General Assembly failed to pass a budget by the May 31 deadline.”


CHICAGO – House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), Senate Republican Caucus Whip Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles), Assistant Senate Republican Leader Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), Deputy House Republican Leader Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) and House Republican Conference Chairperson Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) today introduced a package of bills to end the budget impasse. The bills represent a compromise balanced budget and reforms that address the priorities of both parties, and urged the General Assembly to return to Springfield to vote on this proposal.
WESTMONT– Local residents wishing to donate school supplies to students in need for the upcoming school year can do so at the District Office of State Representative Patti Bellock, located in the Westmont Centre at 1 S. Cass Avenue, Suite 205 from 9:00am - 4:00pm through Wednesday, July 26. The school supplies drive is coordinated by People’s Resource Center.

The list of items that can be donated include: colored pencils, crayons, glue sticks, glue (like Elmer’s), 2-pocket folders, rulers, sticky note pads, loose leaf paper, highlighters, kids markers, pencils, pens, kids scissors, erasers, index cards, spiral notebooks, protractors, compasses and scientific calculators.  
Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) talking with volunteers for the Hinsdale Humane Society Pet Walk at Katherine Legge Memorial Park on Sunday. They had a great crowd!

On this Memorial Day, we pause to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms across the generations. May God Bless our fallen soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard personnel as well as those they left behind; grieving families and a grateful nation.

I would like to share this poem with you, “In Flanders Fields”, first written in 1915 and often associated with our remembrance of Memorial Day. It was penned by Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, who was inspired to write it after the funeral of a friend and fellow soldier. This has always been one of my favorites: