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WESTMONT– Local residents wishing to donate school supplies to students in need for the upcoming school year can do so at the District Office of State Representative Patti Bellock, located in the Westmont Centre at 1 S. Cass Avenue, Suite 205 from now through Friday, July 22. The school supplies drive is coordinated by People’s Resource Center. 

The list of items that can be donated include: Backpacks, Binders, Colored Pencils, Composition Books, Crayons - 8 Count & 24 Count, Dry Erase Markers, Erasers, Folders, Glue/Glue Sticks, Highlighters, Index Cards, Loose Leaf Paper, Markers - Thin & Broad Size, Notebooks, Pencils, Pencil Case, Pencil Sharpeners, Protractors, Rulers, Scientific calculators, Scissors, and Spiral Notebooks - Wide & College Ruled.

The deadline to drop-off school supplies for the donation drive at Rep. Bellock’s office is Friday, July 22.  Other drop-off locations include the Jewel-Osco at 4 E. Ogden Ave. in Westmont and the People’s Resource Center offices at 104 Chestnut Avenue in Westmont and 201 S Naperville Road in Wheaton.
Deputy Minority Leader and State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) issued the following statement on the adjournment of the Illinois General Assembly on Tuesday, May 31 without passing a state budget: 

"As the chief budget negotiator for my caucus, I'm encouraged by the very meaningful progress we've made in bipartisan budget working groups in recent weeks. While it's disappointing that a comprehensive solution wasn't reached by May 31, we've committed to continue bipartisan negotiations immediately with the goal of achieving a solution as soon as possible. Our commitments to the most vulnerable children, families and seniors in Illinois must be kept. It is time for Democrats and Republicans to come together in a spirit of cooperation and compromise to agree on a responsible budget for the State of Illinois."

The Illinois House of Representatives is scheduled to be in session every Wednesday throughout the month of June beginning on June 8.
During the House floor debate on Friday, with only 4 days left in the regular session, Deputy Minority Leader and State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) joined a call for all legislators in the House to stand up if they are willing stay at work over the holiday weekend and work on a compromise to achieve a comprehensive and balanced budget. 
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.