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SB 772 will decrease prevalence of “doctor-shopping”

EAST ST. LOUIS (Dec. 13, 2017) — Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed into law SB 772, legislation that will require prescribers with an Illinois Controlled Substance License to register with and use the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), a database that records patient prescription history.

The PMP allows physicians to check previous patient prescriptions and requests for controlled substances. Increasing the required checkpoints in advance of prescribing controlled substances will cut down on “doctor-shopping,” the practice of patients obtaining opioid prescriptions from multiple physicians.
Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) accepted the 2017 Legislator of the Year Award on Tuesday from the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association, pictured here with the Association's Julie Rodriguez, who nominated Bellock for all her work over the years in working on legislation for mental health and addiction services. Rep. Bellock is very appreciative of this honor.

Rep. Bellock holding her Judy Baar Topinka
"Trailblazer" Award
CHICAGO – State Representative Patti Bellock, R-Hinsdale, was presented with the Judy Baar Topinka “Trailblazer” Award by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) at the nonprofit organization’s Annual Awards Reception on December 4. The award is named for the late Judy Baar Topinka, who served as Illinois State Treasurer from 1995-2007 and Illinois State Comptroller from 2011 until her death in December 2014. Former Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno also received the same award at the reception.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized along with my friend Chris Radogno in the spirit of the late Judy Baar Topinka, a true trailblazer and both an inspiration and a mentor to many of us women in Illinois government,” Rep. Bellock said. “I thank the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform for their outstanding nonpartisan work to make our state a better place by advocating for much-needed reforms.” 
Rep. Bellock had the honor of turning on the lights of the big Christmas tree in Elmhurst at the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Wilder Park on Thursday night with her grandchildren. The night was fantastic with families everywhere in the park enjoying the live Christmas music, the live reindeer, cookie decorating and of course a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.

State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) was recognized at the Poised for Success Annual Fundraiser Dinner held at the Diplomat West in Elmhurst for her efforts on behalf of women. Poised For Success® is a non-profit organization  based in Lombard serving the suburban Chicagoland area. Their mission is to provide free interview and business appropriate clothing to women in the job market.  In addition, volunteers assist clients in building self-esteem and interview skills, as well as referrals to other local service organizations providing job-skills training and job placement.

Originally founded in 2002, Poised For Success is the result of a group of dedicated women who wanted to ensure that every woman has the opportunity to become financially independent. Poised For Success is supported entirely by community donations and a strong volunteer base.

To learn more, donate or volunteer, please visit www.poisedforsuccess.org/

Lawmakers discussed top environmental threats such as invasive species and nutrient pollution


CHICAGO, IL. – State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) joined a bipartisan group of more than 20 state legislators from five states at the 2017 Great Lakes Forum organized by the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) in Chicago on November 3rd and 4th.

“Participating in this forum provided me the opportunity to collaborate with other policymakers from states in the Great Lakes region on how to preserve and strengthen Illinois’ greatest natural resource; Lake Michigan and all the tributaries that supply drinking water to local families,” Rep. Bellock said. “Ecological threats to Lake Michigan are constantly evolving; from pollution to different types of invasive species. It is imperative that we work together in a proactive manner with other Great Lakes states to protect our water for future generations.”
WESTMONT– State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) reminds constituents that the last day to donate items for USO care packages to benefit the men and women of the U.S. military serving at home and abroad this holiday season is Monday, November 27.

Items can be donated during normal business hours at Representative Bellock’s district office in Westmont on Monday-Friday between 9:00am – 5:00pm at the Westmont Centre, 1 S. Cass Avenue. The donation box is located in front of Representative Bellock’s office, Suite 205.

Interested residents are welcome to either stop by or call ahead to schedule a donation time at (630) 852-8633. The last day donated items will be accepted is Monday, November 27.