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WESTMONT – State Representative Patti Bellock (R- Hinsdale) has been recognized with the "Guardian of Small Business" award by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The NFIB is Illinois' leading small business association, representing 11,000 businesses across the state. Every two years the organization scores legislators based on key small business votes they take in Springfield. Rep. Bellock received the award for her 100% positive voting record during the 2015-2016 legislative session.

“I am honored to accept this award and proud to stand up for the men and women of our small business community, the backbone of the Illinois economy.” Rep. Bellock said. “I would like to thank NFIB Illinois for their advocacy on behalf of small businesses here in the western suburbs and across the state.”

Representative Bellock has also been recognized with the “Champion of Free Enterprise” award by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce for her 100% voting record “in defense of free enterprise and the furtherance of economic opportunities for Illinoisans” during the current 99th General Assembly (2015-2016).

As noted in the “Starting Your Business in Illinois Handbook”, small businesses make up 98% of all Illinois businesses and employ nearly half of the workforce. Last year, the Illinois economy grew at an annual rate of 1.6%, which was slower than the overall U.S. growth rate of 1.9%.
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HINSDALE – Local residents are invited to attend a Budget Town Hall meeting Sept. 26 in Hinsdale with State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale).

The Budget Town Hall meeting is scheduled from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 26, at The Community House, located at 415 West Eighth Street in Hinsdale. The Budget Town Hall meeting is free and open to the public.

Rep. Bellock will provide an update on the state budget, including a discussion on state spending, taxes, education, human services and more. Constituents will have an opportunity to ask questions and share feedback on issues of concern. Light refreshments will also be provided.

“I am pleased to sponsor this town hall meeting as an opportunity to listen to the concerns of local residents and update them on the important work that remains to be done by the General Assembly in the months ahead,” Rep. Bellock said. “We welcome everyone to come and have their voice heard.”

Budget Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Patti Bellock
Monday, Sept. 26, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Community House
415 West Eighth Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521

State Representative Patti Bellock joined former Elmhurst Mayor and DuPage County Board member Pete DiCianni on Sunday at the annual "Talkie Trot" Family Fun Walk benefiting The Center for Speech & Language Disorders, a 501 (c)(3) to help children with autism and other disabilities who have serious speech issues and need services.

Pete DiCianni started the Talkie Trot years ago and is a true advocate for children. Pete is also largely responsible for helping pass the Autism Insurance bill in Illinois as well as Brianna's  Law and the Able  Act.

Here are a few statistics you should know:

  • 1 in 5 children receive services for speech and language disorders.
  • 1 in 50 children have an autism spectrum disorder.
  • 1 in 5.5 children encounter reading problems.





WESTMONT – Local veterans who are unemployed, under-employed, or looking to start a new career are invited to attend a free “Veterans – Jobs Boot Camp” presented by DeVry University and hosted by State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) at 7:00 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the Westmont Centre, located at 1 S. Cass Avenue in Westmont. A staff member from the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs will also be in attendance to provide information and answer questions about the full range of benefits and services available to Illinois veterans. 

 The “Veterans – Jobs Boot Camp” is a workshop featuring one-on-one consultations with career professionals including resume` writing tips, job search strategies, interview preparation and leveraging social networking tools to help veterans find jobs that match their interest level and skill set. Veterans are encouraged to bring a copy of their resume` for a one-one-one review.

“Our event will help veterans prepare to the find the new job or career change they’re looking for,” Rep. Bellock said.  “I would like to thank the staff from DeVry University and the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs for coming together to assist our local veterans with meeting their employment needs as well as making them aware of all the benefits and services they are entitled to.”

CLARENDON HILLS – Local residents are invited to join State Representative Patti Bellock and U.S. Congressman Peter Roskam for a free “Coffee and Casual Conversation” at the Prospect Park Pavilion at 10:30am on Saturday, September 10. 

Bellock and Roskam will provide constituents with updates from Springfield and Washington, DC, respectively. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions, give feedback and make their voices heard on current issues facing the Illinois General Assembly and United States Congress. Staff from both offices will also be available to assist constituents with accessing state and federal services.

The “Coffee and Casual Conversation” is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will also be provided.

Coffee and Casual Conversation with
State Representative Patti Bellock & Congressman Peter Roskam
Saturday, September 10
10:30am
Clarendon Hills Prospect Park Pavilion
Between Chicago, Prospect, Norfolk and Oxford Avenues
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514

For questions or more information, please contact Rep. Bellock's office at (630) 852-8633.                                                            
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ELMHURST – Local residents are invited to attend a free seminar on identity theft prevention at 10:00am on Tuesday, September 13 at the historic Wilder Mansion, located at 211 S. Prospect Avenue. The event is sponsored by State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) featuring a workshop provided by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.

There are approximately 10 million identity theft victims every year in the United States. A majority of victims are senior citizens. Professionals from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office will show attendees how to safeguard their credit card, Social Security and other personal and financial information to avoid falling victim to fraud and scams.  
WESTERN SPRINGS – Local parents and students are invited to attend a free town hall meeting to learn about the response of local law enforcement agencies to stem the rise of heroin abuse among suburban teens and young adults in a panel discussion entitled “Heroin: The Suburban Secret”. The event is sponsored by State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) in partnership with the Western Springs Police Department. 

The town hall meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at Lyons Township High School’s South Campus, Performing Arts Center, located at 4900 South Willow Springs Road in Western Springs.

The panel discussion will feature the following law enforcement leaders:

Dennis Wichern, DEA, Special Agent in Charge, Chicago Division
Brian Sexton, Chief, Narcotics Prosecution Bureau, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
Mark Piccoli, Director of DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group (DuMEG)
Sergeant Dan Albrecht, Western Springs Police Department

Local residents will also be able to ask questions of the panelists and make their voice heard.