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Rep. Patti Bellock joined local families at the launch of the ILLINOIS READS initiative held today at Westmont High School. The event featured 20 authors from Illinois who introduced their books, read to children and offered individual book signings. This family-friendly event is sponsored by the Illinois Reading Council, which aims to promote literacy across the state of Illinois. The program encourages people to read books by Illinois authors. Each year, ILLINOIS READS offers a new list of books at six different age levels.

To learn more about ILLINOIS READS or to become an Ambassador for the program, please click here.
Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale), a respected advocate for children and adults with autism and other special needs, has introduced a bipartisan House Resolution, HR 314, recognizing April of 2015 and 2016 as Autism Awareness Month in the State of Illinois.

Autism spectrum disorders can affect all individuals regardless of racial, ethnic, economic, and social groups. Autism spectrum disorders are more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.
Rep. Patti Bellock welcomes Mr. Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest, to the Illinois House of Representatives in Springfield.

LOMBARD – State Sen. Chris Nybo, State Rep. Peter Breen and State Rep. Patricia Bellock are creating a Legislative Advisory Council to work with local residents on issues that affect them in Springfield.

“It is a tremendous honor to serve our communities in both chambers of the General Assembly, and we intend to start off on the right foot by finding better ways to stay engaged with the community,” Rep. Breen said. “We trust the wisdom of our community and need the advice and insight of our neighbors as we act to solve problems, as well as seize the great opportunities Illinois has before it.”

The Legislative Advisory Council will help Rep. Breen, Rep. Bellock and Sen. Nybo develop new ideas and evaluate current proposals and options pending in Springfield. Members must be at least 18 years of age and residents of the 24th Legislative District, which includes the 47th and 48th Representative Districts.
Dear Neighbor,

I wanted to take a moment to update you on important developments from the past week. The Illinois House of Representatives voted 69-48 on March 24 to approve an Emergency Budget Bill (HB 318) to close a $1.6 Billion funding shortfall for the current FY 15 budget, which runs through June 30. The State Senate approved the bill on Thursday and it was signed into law by the Governor that afternoon.

Over 80% of the funding gap will be filled by utilizing unused money in various special state funds not needed for what they were allocated for during the current year, amounting to approx. $1.3 Billion. The remaining amount comes from an across-the-board spending reduction of 2.25% across all state programs through June 30; excluding payments for pensions, state employee health care, and funding for services for the mentally ill, developmentally disabled, and autistic children. Child care funding for low-income families will also continue for the duration of the current fiscal year.
Click the image to watch Rep. Bellock's reaction to this week's passage of HB 318/HB 317, legislation to fill the $1.6 Billion state budget deficit for FY 15 without borrowing or raising taxes. The bills were signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner on Thursday.


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House of Representatives voted 69-48 on Tuesday to approve an Emergency Budget Bill (HB 318) to close a $1.6 Billion funding shortfall for the current FY 15 budget, which runs through June 30. State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) voted in favor of the bipartisan agreement negotiated between Governor Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders.

Under the provisions of HB 318, over 80% of the funding gap will be filled by utilizing unused money in various special state funds not needed for what they were allocated for during the current fiscal year, amounting to approx. $1.3 Billion. The remaining amount comes from an across-the-board spending reduction of 2.25% across all state programs through June 30; excluding payments for pensions, state employee health care, and funding for services for the mentally ill, developmentally disabled, and autistic children. Child care funding for low-income families will also continue for the duration of the current fiscal year.