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SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale), the Minority Spokesperson on the Human Services – Appropriations Committee helped lead bipartisan negotiations that produced an agreement resulting in today’s passage of a $700 million stopgap funding measure to keep vital human services operating in the State of Illinois on a short-term basis until a complete budget is enacted.

State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale)
While House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) expressed disappointment that critical funding for public safety and state correctional facilities were omitted from the bill, House Amendment 2 to Senate Bill 2038, the House of Representatives nevertheless voted to provide much needed funding to keep the state’s social services infrastructure from collapsing.

“One of my chief concerns during this budget impasse has been its impact on the most vulnerable in our community; particularly the children, families, seniors and disabled who depend upon a reliable safety net. That’s why today’s vote was so important,” Rep. Bellock said.
 
“To be clear, it’s not a solution. It’s a bridge to help those who need help the most until a complete budget is in place. It’s also a show of good faith that Democrats and Republicans can come together and meet our commitments to the state’s most vulnerable population.”

Senate Bill 2038 passed the House by a vote of 111-0-3 before being unanimously approved by the State Senate 56-0. It now goes to Governor Bruce Rauner for signature.
 
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On Monday, State Representatives Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) and David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) joined a panel of legislators at the City Club of Chicago to discuss the current state of the Illinois budget. See the video HERE.

Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) was the announcer for the kickoff of the 13th Annual Run for the Kids: Superhero Hustle 5K Run/2 Mile Walk on Saturday to benefit the mission of Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley to enable infants, children, and adults with disabilities to achieve maximum independence, and to provide support for the families who love and care for them.

Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) participated in the 2016 Walk for Wellness House today in Hinsdale. $500,000 was raised to support cancer patients and their families in our community. Rep. Bellock enjoys participating each year, seeing old friends and making new ones. To learn more, please visit www.wellnesshouse.org.
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution today, HR 1145, to proclaim the annual Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Day in the State of Illinois. The resolution was introduced and sponsored by State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale).

Rep. Bellock was a leader in organizing the very first Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day in the State of Illinois several years ago. This year, over 200 volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter traveled to the State Capitol in Springfield on April 14 to help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease as a growing public health challenge.

“I would like to thank the Alzheimer’s Association and all the outstanding volunteers and legislators who helped make advocacy day a big success again this year,” Rep. Bellock said. “Their combined efforts are truly making a difference in the ongoing research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s and the important task of providing support to caregivers.”
By Matt Dietrich
Reboot Illinois

If the eight lawmakers on the dais Monday at the Union League Club were in control of budget talks in Springfield, the Illinois budget impasse would have been over long ago.

But the four Democrats and four Republicans who participated in Monday’s Illinois Campaign for Political Reform/Truth in Accounting state budget forum are caught in the deadlock between Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan. So, for that matter, is the rest of the state, which is watching its government build a deficit that could hit $10 billion by June 30...