Rep. Bellock teams up with Elmhurst Memorial Hospital to educate families

ELMHURST – All DuPage County families are invited to attend a FREE public forum in response to the growing heroin epidemic among suburban teens and young adults. The forum, “Heroin: The Suburban Secret” is sponsored by State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) and Elmhurst Memorial Hospital to bring community service providers and policymakers together to educate parents and families about how to prevent and respond to this public health threat in our community.

The forum, to be held at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital at 7:00pm on Tuesday, October 28, features a panel led by DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Rosecrance Health Network. The panelists will discuss various aspects of the local heroin crisis including prevention education, treatment resources, law enforcement response and analysis of the trends associated with the tragic local deaths resulting from a heroin overdose.

“Local families cannot afford to ignore the dangers associated with the skyrocketing growth in heroin use among teens and young adults,” Rep. Bellock said. “Our heroin forum will pull back the curtain on the very real impact this epidemic is having on families throughout DuPage County and; most importantly, how we can respond.”

The forum is free and open to the public. Parents, educators and students are all welcome and encouraged to attend.  Event details are as follows:

Heroin: The Suburban Secret
Sponsored by Deputy House Minority Leader Patti Bellock
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Time: 7:00pm
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
155 E. Brush Hill Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126

For questions or more information, please contact Rep. Bellock’s office at (630) 852-8633.

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WESTMONT – Local residents who are unemployed or underemployed can sharpen their skills and prepare to compete in today's job market at a job readiness boot camp from 6:00pm – 8:00pm on Thursday, October 9 at the Westmont Centre (lower level), located at 1 S. Cass Ave. in Westmont; sponsored by State Representative Patti Bellock (R- Hinsdale) and DeVry University.

The workshop will include resume writing and one-on-one consultations in addition to job search strategies, interview preparation and tips on how to utilize social networking tools.

“It is important for job seekers of all ages to be prepared in today’s challenging economy,” said Bellock. “Each individual has a unique skill set and abilities that make them qualified for a career opportunity. Our engaging workshop will help you to maximize those strengths in your job search.”

This is the second consecutive year Representative Bellock and DeVry University are teaming up to offer the Jobs Boot Camp.

Career services professionals will be available to review resumes and offer any guidance and improvement if necessary. RSVP’s are requested to ensure that an appropriate number of resources are available. For more information or to RSVP, please call Representative Bellock’s office at 630-852-8633.
HINSDALE – Local residents are invited to attend an identity theft prevention workshop at 10:00am on Tuesday, September 30 at The Community House; sponsored by Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) in conjunction with 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 prevent it from falling into the hands of criminals. Attorney General Lisa Madigan will also be present to welcome local residents.

“Identity theft is a serious concern for people of all ages, particularly our seniors,” Rep. Bellock said. “Our workshop will help local families learn how to take simple, effective steps to help safeguard their personal information. Being smart and proactive can keep us from becoming victims and protect our parents and grandparents from falling prey.”

"Identity theft is the most prevalent financial scam affecting people today, so it's critical to learn how you can start incorporating simple precautions into your daily routine to minimize the risk of your personal information being compromised," Attorney General Madigan said.

The event is free and open to residents of the 47th District, which includes all or portions of Hinsdale, Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Westmont, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove and Western Springs. Handouts and light refreshments will be provided.

Identity Theft Prevention Workshop

Sponsored by State Representative Patti Bellock

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

10:00am – 11:00am

The Community House

415 West 8th Street, Hinsdale, IL 60521

For questions or more information, please call Rep. Bellock’s office at (630) 852-8633.
OAK BROOK – Local residents in Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Westmont, Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Darien and Downers Grove are invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting on the state budget be held from 10:00am – 11:30am on Thursday, September 18 at the Oak Brook Village Hall – Samuel Dean Board Room, sponsored by Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale), the Deputy Minority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives.

The town hall meeting features a presentation by Rep. Bellock with an update on the state budget; including a discussion on state spending, taxes, education, human services and more followed by a question-and-answer session with constituents. The town hall meeting is open to the public. All are welcome and encouraged to attend and bring a friend.

“It is critically important for local residents to have their voices heard on key issues impacting DuPage County families as we prepare for what is shaping up to be a pivotal Fall session of the General Assembly after the November elections; when the immediate future of state income tax rates will be decided and the impact of those decisions on jobs and our economy,” Rep. Bellock said. “Everyone is welcome to attend our town hall meeting; from small business owners and senior citizens to students and all those who are concerned about the challenges facing local families when it comes to jobs and quality of life issues.”

For questions or more information, please call Rep. Bellock’s office at (630) 852-8633.