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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.

Rep. Patti Bellock
WESTMONT– State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) announced today that she will not seek re-election to the Illinois General Assembly in 2018. She will continue to focus on serving her constituents and continuing her work on improving access to quality health care for every Illinois family and strengthening the safety net for the state’s most vulnerable residents until the completion of her current term in January 2019.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve my community in the Illinois General Assembly,” Rep. Bellock said. “I would like to thank my family, friends, and the residents of my district for their support over the years and to all those who suggested ideas for legislation that we were able to enact into public policy together. Making a positive difference in the lives of others has been the greatest reward in this job. Next year will be time to give someone else the opportunity to serve our community in the Illinois House of Representatives. Until then, I look forward to continuing to work with my constituents and my colleagues to make progress on many important issues until the end of my term in January 2019.”
State Rep. Patti Bellock (far right) joins Governor Bruce Rauner, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady and legislators from both the Illinois House of Representatives and State Senate at the Capitol calling on Democrats to release the education funding reform bill, Senate Bill 1, so that necessary changes can be made to prioritize fair and equitable funding for all schools across the state and ensure schools open on-time.

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.