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Deputy House Minority Leader Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) nominated her friend and colleague Representative Jim Durkin for Speaker of the House on Wednesday at the inauguration of the 100th Illinois General Assembly in Springfield. Durkin was formally re-elected House Republican Leader, a post he has held since 2013.

Rep. Patti Bellock
SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) was sworn into office for a new two-year term serving the 47th District on Wednesday, citing her eagerness to work with both Democrats and Republicans to reform Illinois’ budget and spending policies and strengthen the state’s safety net for vulnerable families.  All 118 members of the House of Representatives took the oath of office for the inaugural of the historic 100th General Assembly at the University of Illinois-Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium in a noon-time ceremony.

A recognized expert on state budget, Medicaid and disability issues, Rep. Bellock shared her priorities for the coming year, emphasizing the opportunity for bipartisan action in 2017.  

“Our most immediate priority must be end the state budget impasse and protect the well-being of our state’s most vulnerable families; especially children, seniors and the disabled,” Bellock said. “We have a clear choice: maintain the status quo, raise taxes without reforms and force greater fiscal crisis, or go in a new direction and work together on changes that create jobs, strengthen schools, lower property taxes and ensure that a strong safety net remains in place.”
191 new laws take effect January 1, 2017. Here is a preview of 26 Illinoisans should know about:

Social media right to privacy
Public Act 99-610, House Bill 4999
Amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act to make it illegal for an employer or prospective employer to request or require an employee or applicant to access a personal online account (such as Facebook) in the presence of the employer. It is also illegal to request or require that an employee or applicant invite the employer to join a group affiliated with any personal online account of the employee, or applicant, or join an online account established by the employer. 

Employee Sick Leave Act
Public Act 99-841, House Bill 6162
Under the new law, employees may now use personal sick leave benefits for purposes dealing with a child, spouse, sibling, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent or step parent. The employee can use such time as may be necessary on the same terms that employee would use the time for their own illness or injury.
OAK BROOK - Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) and Rep. David Olsen (R-Downers Grove) joined elected officials from across DuPage County at the Third Annual Holiday Dinner & Concert Gala supporting Trinity Services, an important organization that serves people with developmental disabilities and mental illness across the region.

GLEN ELLYN –State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) will speak at a Human Trafficking Awareness Week event hosted by College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn at 10:00am on Friday, December 2; an event which will also feature providers of support services to victims of human trafficking as well as actual victims themselves.

This spring, Representative Bellock introduced and sponsored legislation (House Bill 2822) which created the Human Trafficking Task Force. The task force is currently conducting a study on the human trafficking problem in Illinois in order to develop a state plan in response to it. The task force findings and recommendations will be submitted in a report due by June 30, 2017. The Human Trafficking Task Force is comprised of twelve members from the General Assembly as well as a representative from the Chicago Regional Human Trafficking Task Force and the Director of State Police.

House Bill 2822 was unanimously approved by the General Assembly this spring and signed into law by the Governor on August 22.
WESTMONT –State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) has announced her district office as a drop-off location for local residents who wish to donate items for the men and women of the U.S. military serving at home and abroad this holiday season. Items can be donated during normal business hours Monday-Friday between 9:00am – 5:00pm at the Westmont Centre, 1 S. Cass Ave. in Westmont. The donation box is located in front of Rep. 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 Thursday, December 1.

“I am pleased to partner with the USO again this year to collect items for our brave service members across all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces,” Representative Bellock said. “These men and women are away from their families and loved ones over the holidays. The generous donations of individuals within our community can help make sure our active duty military personnel know how much they are thought of and appreciated here at home.”
WESTMONT – The Illinois Farm Bureau has presented their 2016 “Friend of Agriculture” award to State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) in recognition of her voting record in support of pro-agriculture initiatives during the current 99th General Assembly. Presenting the award to Representative Bellock was DuPage County Farm Bureau General Manager Kara Kinney.

Rep. Bellock accepts the award from
Kara Kinney, General Manager of the
DuPage County Farm Bureau.
“I am exceptionally humbled to accept this award from our friends at the Illinois Farm Bureau,” Representative Bellock said. “Family farmers and the agri-business industry are the backbone of our state economy, producing the corn and soybeans that feed Illinois and the world. I am proud to stand with them and remain committed to being a strong advocate for agriculture as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives.”

The DuPage County Farm Bureau is a 501(c)(5), not-for-profit, individual membership association through which farm people can work together and cooperate with others to strengthen agriculture's role and influence as a vital part of a strong, prosperous economy in a free America.

The organization was established in DuPage County, Illinois in 1913, and is one of the oldest, local, agricultural associations of its kind in the United States.  DuPage County Farm Bureau® members are also members of the Illinois Farm Bureau® which is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation®.