SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House of Representatives adopted a resolution Wednesday to encourage the continued use of vaccines for children, adolescents and adults to ensure the safety and health of the citizens of Illinois. The bill, HR 184, was introduced and sponsored by Deputy House Minority Leader and State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale).
“Immunizing children and adolescents helps protect the health of our communities throughout the State of Illinois by slowing down or stopping certain disease outbreaks,” Rep. Bellock said. “I grew up during the era of the polio epidemic, when thousands of children and adults suffered lifelong paralysis. The advent of the polio vaccine virtually eradicated the disease from the United States, as did the vaccines for measles and other communicable diseases.”
SPRINGFIELD – Deputy House Minority Leader and State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) released the following statement in reaction to Governor Rauner’s budget address delivered to a joint session of the General Assembly today.

“The Governor offered a sobering but honest assessment of the state’s many budget challenges. He is correct that we cannot tax our way back to prosperity. Structural reforms to eliminate waste and inefficiency in state government are needed; as is a top-to-bottom assessment of state spending priorities to ensure we pay our bills on time and preserve a strong safety net for the most vulnerable families in our state, including the disabled, individuals with special needs, seniors living on a fixed income, and those struggling with mental illness. Those are my priorities and I believe those of a majority of policymakers in Illinois, both Republican and Democrat.” 
SPRINGFIELD – Deputy House Minority Leader and State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) has been named Spokesperson on the two House committees dealing with Human Services, giving her an increased role in shaping policy and advocating for the most vulnerable families in Illinois. In addition, Rep. Bellock has been reappointed Chief Budget Negotiator for the House Republican Caucus, a role that takes on greater importance this year under new Governor Bruce Rauner.