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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®.

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Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) and Rep. David Olsen (R-Downers Grove) participated in the Family Shelter Service 10K/5K Walk-Run at Midwestern University in Downers Grove on Sunday, pictured here with the agency's former director, Judy Caribeaux. There were over 300 people at the start of the event to support this wonderful agency which serves survivors of domestic violence.

(Alexandria, VA) – The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) is proud to announce Illinois State Representative Patricia R. “Patti Bellock” (R-Hinsdale) as a 2016 Elected Women of Excellence Award winner.

This award was created to identify women who have worked tirelessly, often breaking down barriers and overcoming obstacles that once seemed insurmountable, to serve their communities. These pacesetters have engendered an environment where women can now serve in public office and fight for the issues they are passionate about.

The 2016 Women of Excellence winners will be presented with an award at the Women of Excellence ceremony at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel on Wednesday November 16th, during the 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. 
Surveys of prescription drug abusers tell us that a majority of those with opioid addictions started by stealing unused prescription medication from friends and family.

The Illinois Medical Society (ISMS) has taken action to educate Illinois physicians and the public on ways to curb this epidemic. Last week, in partnership with ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company, ISMS distributed more than 11,000 kits promoting the importance of disposing of unused medications. The disposal kit contains information for doctors and patient materials highlighting the importance of proper disposal and what should be done with unused medications. The kit is also accessible for free download by anyone at www.isms.org/Take-BackThe ISMS has also teamed up with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) to promote its semi-annual Drug Take-back day on October 22. 

This Take-back initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. 

Help combat the opioid epidemic and keep your family safe by disposing of unused medication properly. Find a Take-Back location near you.