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WESTMONT– Governor Bruce Rauner signed three bipartisan bills into law on Friday, July 22 introduced and sponsored by State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale), the Deputy Minority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives. The three new state laws include: 

 HB 4352: Strengthens the education of children with dyslexia by establishing a statewide definition of dyslexia that the Illinois State Board of Education must incorporate in both general education and special education.

“Children with dyslexia must not be left behind in the classroom,” Rep. Bellock said. “By setting forth a clear definition of dyslexia, we’re giving educators and school administrators the understanding they need to make necessary changes to curriculum that will improve the learning environment for students with a reading disability.”
State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) attending a dedication of three headstones on the previously unmarked graves of Civil War soldiers buried in Fullersburg Cemetery, a small old historic cemetery in Hinsdale.. There was a ceremony honoring the soldiers (two Union and one Confederate). Please click HERE to learn more.

Rep. Patti Bellock enjoyed the 4th of July festivities in Westmont with local residents and their families.

“Today, on the last day of the state’s fiscal year, the General Assembly reached a compromise and passed a stopgap budget which will fund schools-- both K-12 and higher education, human service providers, MAP grants, and transportation.  
This agreement was reached in bi-partisan working groups to ensure schools and universities can open on time and that more than 800 active transportation projects continue uninterrupted, keeping 25,000 workers on the job. The stopgap budget will protect Illinois taxpayers while giving legislators a bridge to a balanced, full year budget.
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.