Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White recently announced that his office will suspend mailing out vehicle registration renewal reminder notices to the public due to the lack of a state budget.

According to a news release dated September 28:

"White encouraged vehicle owners to be mindful of their vehicle registration status to ensure they renew in a timely manner and avoid driving on expired vehicle stickers. He also emphasized that more vehicle owners will be forced to visit facilities to renew their vehicle registration stickers because without a reminder notice they will not have a pin number needed to renew online. However, people who have signed up to receive electronic reminder notices will continue to receive them by email. To sign up for this service, please visit"
Rep. Bellock joined the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War at Downers Grove's historic Oak Hill Cemetery for the dedication of several new markers on the graves of Civil War veterans. Rep. Bellock would like to thank everyone who made it possible to honor these Union soldiers.

Dear Neighbor,

Greetings and warm wishes for the official start of autumn! I hope this message finds you and your family well. I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to one or more of the community forums I am hosting this fall, as well as to update you on recent news and updates of interest.

As you know, the State of Illinois remains mired in an extended budget stalemate now deep into its third month. The most vulnerable children and families in our communities are among the most negatively impacted as each day passes. My focus remains on the needs of these families as budget discussions move forward. I am committed to working with all sides to reach agreement on a budget that meets the state’s most fundamental priorities while respecting taxpayers and making needed reforms.  We continue to insist on reforms that will restore Illinois’ competitive edge in attracting and retaining new private-sector jobs.

As always, please feel welcome to let me know if you have any questions or concerns by calling my District Office at (630) 852-8633 or by e-mailing me at Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated. Please scroll below for more updates on state and legislative news from the past week.

Respectfully Yours,

Patti Bellock
Deputy Minority Leader
State Representative, 47th District

Save the Date – Upcoming Outreach Events

I cordially invite you to attend one or more of the following events I am hosting in the community:

Healthy Living for Seniors: Arthritis, Leukemia & Lymphoma
Tuesday, October 20
10:00AM – 11:30AM
The Abbey – Classroom
407 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst

Join senior health advocates for an engaging presentation on living a healthy, active lifestyle with arthritis, leukemia or lymphoma.

Jobs Boot Camp
Presented by DeVry University
Tuesday, October 20
6:00PM – 8:00PM
Westmont Centre (Lower level)
1 S. Cass Ave., Westmont

Sharpen your skills and prepare to compete in today's job market.  This workshop will include resume writing and one-on-one consultations as well as job search strategies, interview preparation and how to utilize social networking tools. *RSVP Required by calling (630) 852-8633.

Casual Conversation & Coffee
Wednesday, October 21
10:00AM – 11:00AM
Wilder Mansion
211 S. Prospect, Elmhurst

At this town hall style event Representative Bellock and her staff are available to answer any questions you may have and assist you with accessing state services. 

Property Tax Workshop
Thursday, October 22
7:00PM – 9:00PM
The Community House
415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale

Learn how the property tax assessment process works and understand your rights as a homeowner. Learn how to appeal if you believe you are being over-assessed.

Budget Presentation
Thursday, November 5
10:00AM – 11:00AM
Oak Brook Village Hall – Samuel Dean Board Room
1200 Oak Brook Rd., Oak Brook

Representative Bellock will provide an update on the state budget; including a discussion on state spending, taxes, education, human services and much more.
Rep. Bellock gave the keynote address at the dedication of newly-renamed Sarada Planjery Children’s Respite Home in Lombard, an initiative of the Ray Graham Association. The home is for disabled children under the age of 17 to stay for up to two weeks per-year, providing a much-needed respite for their caregivers. Patti was joined by members of the Planjery family and other dignitaries who attended.

9-11 Observances
·         State observes anniversary of 9-11, honors victims and first responders.  In Illinois by order of Gov. Rauner, flags flew at half-mast throughout Patriot Day in honor of the victims and heroes of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and rural Pennsylvania.

Leading the way towards observance of the somber day of remembrance were Republican members of the University of Illinois student and teaching community, who successfully advocated for permission to set up a memorial installation on the U of I Quad.  After a facet of the university administration temporarily attempted to block organization of the installation, the Illini Republicans led the way in a successful push to reverse the prohibition and allow the placement of 2,977 flags on the Quad.  Each U.S. flag will represent one victim of the atrocity.   

Further remembrance ceremonies will be held in other Illinois locations.  For example, Central Park in downtown Decatur, Illinois was scheduled to hold a lunchtime picnic and ceremony to honor Central Illinois first responders and commence advocacy for the construction of a permanent 9-11 memorial in Macon County.  The Decatur memorial is scheduled to contain a physical fragment of the World Trade Center.  

Rep. Bellock attended the Patriot Day ceremonies in Westmont and Oak Brook on Friday. 

FY16 Budget – Comptroller Munger
·         Comptroller Munger says Illinois’ backlog of unpaid bills could top $8.5 billion without a State budget.  Munger’s concerns follow moves throughout the summer of 2015 by advocates of various spending and policy programs to place various Illinois big-budget spending programs, such as Medicaid payments to residential care facilities, on “automatic spending” status pending the enactment of a budget.  These statuses have, in many cases, been backed up by the judicial branch in the form of court orders and references to various consent decrees previously signed by the State.

With money being spent at FY15 rates and State revenues coming in at FY16 rates, cash outflow is exceeding cash inflow.  The Office of the Comptroller, the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, and other State agencies are responding to this asymmetry by prioritizing the speed with which bills are paid; many bills are going unpaid at this time.  The $8.5 billion figure is a cumulative figure representing the Office of the Comptroller’s estimate of where the unpaid-bill total will be on December 31, at the end of the 2015 calendar year.
Law Enforcement – Fox Lake Tragedy
·         Illinois House honors Lt. Charles Joseph “G.I. Joe” Gliniewicz.  The Fox Lake Police lieutenant was murdered on the morning of Tuesday, September 1.  Gliniewicz and his family were praised on Wednesday, September 2 by House Republican members John Anthony and John Cabello, who are retired police officers themselves.  The Illinois House was silent as Rep. Anthony, who had been personally acquainted with Gliniewicz, told the body that the veteran of 30 years’ service in law enforcement had been looking forward to retirement with his family.  Rep. Barb Wheeler, who represents Fox Lake, told the House of the lieutenant’s long service to his community.

Since October 1990, the Illinois Capitol has cooperated with the Illinois Police Officers Memorial Committee to honor fallen police officers from forces throughout Illinois.  The memorial, which stands on the southwest corner of the Capitol in Springfield, is visited by officers, troopers, police veterans, and families throughout the State.  All law enforcement officers who have given their lives while in the performance of their duty are eligible to be honored by name at this memorial.  Visitation peaks at the annual Police Memorial Ceremony, traditionally held on the first or second Thursday in May.  The ceremony individually recognizes each addition to the engraved list of the names of the fallen.