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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House of Representatives adopted a resolution Wednesday to encourage the continued use of vaccines for children, adolescents and adults to ensure the safety and health of the citizens of Illinois. The bill, HR 184, was introduced and sponsored by Deputy House Minority Leader and State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale).
  
“Immunizing children and adolescents helps protect the health of our communities throughout the State of Illinois by slowing down or stopping certain disease outbreaks,” Rep. Bellock said. “I grew up during the era of the polio epidemic, when thousands of children and adults suffered lifelong paralysis. The advent of the polio vaccine virtually eradicated the disease from the United States, as did the vaccines for measles and other communicable diseases.”
SPRINGFIELD – Deputy House Minority Leader and State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) released the following statement in reaction to Governor Rauner’s budget address delivered to a joint session of the General Assembly today.

“The Governor offered a sobering but honest assessment of the state’s many budget challenges. He is correct that we cannot tax our way back to prosperity. Structural reforms to eliminate waste and inefficiency in state government are needed; as is a top-to-bottom assessment of state spending priorities to ensure we pay our bills on time and preserve a strong safety net for the most vulnerable families in our state, including the disabled, individuals with special needs, seniors living on a fixed income, and those struggling with mental illness. Those are my priorities and I believe those of a majority of policymakers in Illinois, both Republican and Democrat.” 
SPRINGFIELD – Deputy House Minority Leader and State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) has been named Spokesperson 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. In addition, Rep. Bellock has been reappointed Chief Budget Negotiator for the House Republican Caucus, a role that takes on greater importance this year under new Governor Bruce Rauner.
WESTMONT, IL --- Wednesday, January 28, 2015 --- At the 21st Annual State Directors’ and 11th Biennial First Term Legislators’ Conference in St. Pete Beach, Florida, State Representative Patti Bellock (R-IL) was sworn in as a 2015 State Director with Women In Government, following her election to this position by her fellow state legislative colleagues this past year. 

“Women In Government congratulates Representative Patti Bellock in her position as a State Director.  State Directors play a critical role in setting policy priorities for our organization,” said Dyan Alexander, Executive Director of Women In Government.  “Patti Bellock is a recognized leader in Illinois, and we are excited that she will now share her leadership skills with other women policymakers throughout the country.”
First female Deputy GOP Leader in state history looks ahead to tackling new challenges

SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) was sworn into office for a new two-year term serving Illinois’ 47th District on Wednesday, citing her eagerness to work with Governor Bruce Rauner and his team to reform the state’s 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 99th General Assembly at the University of Illinois-Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium in a noon-time ceremony.

In addition, Bellock was also reappointed Deputy Minority Leader by House GOP Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). First appointed to the post in October 2013, Rep. Bellock is the first woman to serve in the #2 leadership position for House Republicans in Illinois history.

SPRINGFIELD – The Auditor General today released a troubling audit on the failure of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to report missing children in state custody dating back to 2011. The audit comes on the heels of an ongoing investigation into abuse and lack of supervision in DCFS residential facilities, the subject of an upcoming Illinois House hearing scheduled for January 7. The reports involve cases of physical and sexual abuse of children in state custody; including exposure to drugs, acts of violence and forced prostitution.

The audit released today was conducted in response to a legislative measure adopted in May, HR 120, directing the Office of the Auditor General to conduct a management audit of the DCFS search for missing children. The Resolution asked the audit to determine for calendar years 2011–2012: (1) the number of children reported missing; (2) whether timely reports of missing children were made to required parties; and (3) the steps followed to locate and recover missing children, including compliance with procedures.
CHICAGO – House Republicans today praised the scheduling of a hearing of the Human Services Committee for Wednesday, January 7 to receive testimony regarding documented abuse at DCFS Residential Facilities throughout the state. The hearing comes in response to a series of disturbing reports exposing cases of physical and sexual abuse of children in state custody; including exposure to drugs, acts of violence and forced prostitution.

Deputy House Minority Leader Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale), the Republican Spokesperson on the Human Services Appropriations Committee, applauded legislative leaders for scheduling the upcoming hearing and stressed the need for an immediate response by DCFS officials.

"We absolutely must do a better job of protecting every child in the DCFS system and come up with remedies to prevent the exploitation and physical or sexual abuse of these kids,” Bellock said. “The safety of children must be our paramount priority. The current system is clearly failing too many kids and putting thousands at risk. I join Governor-elect Rauner’s call for a bipartisan response by the General Assembly to approve needed reforms with built-in accountability.”

The Human Services Committee hearing is scheduled to take place at 10:00am on Wednesday, January 7 at the Michael A. Bilandic Building. The facilities in question where documented abuse has occurred are contracted by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to provide supervision and therapy for youth who have suffered abuse and neglect or have serious behavioral and mental health issues.

“Accounts of the abuse that has gone unchecked in some Illinois youth facilities is an absolute tragedy,” added Rep. Bellock. “These children are put in state care to protect them from danger. One thing is clear: we need to make changes to ensure these children are cared for and protected moving forward without delay.”


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