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Members of the General Assembly (left to right) Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor), Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake), Senator Pam Althoff (R-McHenry) and Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) take a selfie on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives to recognize the American Heart Association's "Go Red Day" at the Illinois Capitol to raise awareness of the risk of heart disease among women.

SPRINGFIELD – Women age 25 and over who wish to pursue their undergraduate education are encouraged to apply for a scholarship now available from the Conference of Women Legislators (COWL), a non-profit organization comprised of women serving in the Illinois General Assembly. 

The COWL Scholarship seeks to maximize educational opportunities for all income levels by offering tuition assistance to deserving women age 25 or older who show evidence of furthering their education in order to make a contribution to their government, children, families, and community. The one-year undergraduate scholarship will cover tuition, books and fees up to $2500 per year, including summer school.

COWL endeavors to support women who, for various reasons, have not had the opportunity to begin or complete their education at an earlier stage due to life changes and/or financial difficulties. Further, COWL encourages women of all races, religions, creeds, and ethnic backgrounds to apply for the scholarship.

Join People’s Resource Center on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM for a Job Fair in Westmont! This event is FREE and no registration is required. Companies are hiring right now:
  • Please bring multiple copies of your resume and dress for success.
  • Be ready to discuss your accomplishments and job skills with HR Managers who have immediate job openings.
  • Jobs are available in the following fields: bus drivers and aids, customer service,  grocery customer service, health care, installers, manufacturing, office support, security and warehousing.
  • No advance registration required.
  • PRC’s computer lab will be staffed with a volunteer to assist with online job applications.
  • Everyone is welcome! Bring your smile!

Rep. Patti Bellock
WESTMONT – Deputy House Minority Leader and State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) has been named the Minority Chairperson on the two House committees dealing with Human Services, giving her an increased role in shaping policy and advocating for the most vulnerable families in Illinois as the General Assembly looks to resolve the state budget impasse. Bellock will serve as Minority Chairperson on both the Human Services Committee and the Human Services Appropriations Committee. 

Committee assignments for the 100th General Assembly were announced today as the Illinois House of Representatives prepares to reconvene on February 8. In addition to the aforementioned assignments, Rep. Bellock has also been appointed to serve on the Special Committee on Healthcare & Healthcare Disparities, and Environment. 
Chicago Tribune 
Rep. Patti Bellock

State Rep. Peter Breen introduced legislation Monday that would reverse the Illinois Department of Transportation's decision that allows Oakbrook Terrace to install red light cameras at the Route 83 and 22nd Street intersection.

House Bill 506 bars automated traffic enforcement systems at that specific intersection, and declares any previous action to install such a system null and void...

House Bill 506 is co-sponsored by state Reps. Patti Bellock, a Hinsdale Republican; Deb Conroy, a Villa Park Democrat; and David Olsen, a Republican from Downers Grove…





Are you a female leader on your campus? 
Are you interested in pursuing a career in public service? 
Do you want to be part of the next generation of leaders who are making a difference in communities across Illinois? 
This June in Chicago you can take the first step in gaining the skills and connections you'll need to reach your goals. 
NEW Leadership Illinois 2017
June 5-9, 2017
University of Illinois at Chicago
NEW Leadership Illinois provides college leaders opportunities to network with and learn from many of Illinois’ most prominent female leaders. NEW Leadership Illinois is a yearly bi-partisan program that strives to educate and empower the next generation of female leaders. This expenses paid program includes leadership education, hands-on training in public policy, and networking opportunities with leaders from every level of government.
Students from all backgrounds and in all majors are encouraged to apply. Students should attend a college or university in Illinois or should be an Illinois resident, and must have junior or senior standing in June 2017.
 Applications will be accepted until March 6, 2017. Click here to learn more and to apply.
NEW Leadership Illinois is hosted by the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs and the Conference of Women Legislators of the Illinois General Assembly.
WESTERN SPRINGS – State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) shared with her constituents in Lyons Township today that the office of Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios has mailed Senior and Senior Freeze Exemption renewal applications for Tax Year 2016. Savings from these exemptions will appear as deductions on the 2017 Second Installment Property Tax Bills mailed this summer.

Nearly 300,000 applications were mailed to seniors who received the exemptions last year.
The application deadline is Wednesday, February 8th and it is imperative that seniors return their application(s) in order to receive their exemption savings on their tax bills.