FY16 Budget

  • Governor Rauner to chair public meeting with legislative leaders on Nov. 18.  The meeting is expected to examine the delayed FY16 budget process.  Although the FY16 fiscal year began on July 1, 2015, a constitutional balanced budget has not been enacted by the Democrat supermajorities in the Illinois House and Senate.  The State has continued to operate under consent decrees, court orders, continuing appropriations, and school appropriations, but this has created many operational problems.  Recipients of State services, and providers of goods and services to the State, have been affected by the lack of a legal budget document. 
Spokespersons for all four legislative leaders, including House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, expressed positive interest in the meeting. The gathering was requested by a consortium of nonpartisan advocacy groups. Sponsors of the request included the Better Government Association, the League of Women Voters, and the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.
Credit Ratings – FY16 Budget Crisis

·         Fitch, Moody’s downgrade Illinois.  Fitch Ratings, whose credit ratings are closely watched by Wall Street and the global investment community, reduced Illinois’ “general obligation” (GO) bond rating from single-A-minus, the former ranking, to one notch closer to junk-bond status on Monday, October 19.  The new BBB+ rating is only two notches above the lowest investment-grade rating (BBB-) and is three notches above BB+, which signals non-investment-grade (“junk bond”) status.  Illinois’ GO bond rating is the lowest among the 50 states.
Ongoing! Please consider making a donation today!

Rep. Bellock’s Office has signed up to be a drop-off location for local residents wishing to donate items for U.S. troops serving overseas. Donations can be made weekdays at the Westmont Centre, 1 S. Cass Ave, Suite 201 in Westmont. The USO donation box is located in the hall outside Rep. BellocK’s office.

Recommended items for USO Care Packages:

Entertainment: Books, Magazines, Crossword Puzzles, iTunes Gift Cards, Headphones/Ear Buds, DVDs (Movies & TV Series), Video Games
Hygiene Items (smaller, travel size works best): Baby Wipes, Deodorant, Kleenex, Lotion, Toothpaste/Toothbrush, Shampoo, Soap, Female Hygiene Items, Shaving Cream, Razors
Food: Beef Jerky, Powdered Drink Mix, Coffee (Ground & K-Cups), Granola Bars/Protein Bars, Trail Mix/Raisins, Dry Snacks, Mixed Nuts/Peanuts, Fruit Cups
Miscellaneous Items: 3 in 1 Detergent/Fabric Softener/Dryer Sheet, Air Fresheners, International Calling Cards

What NOT to donate – Please do not donate any of the following:

·         Aerosol-type containers
·         Anything that will melt or spoil – shipping can take anywhere from 1-3 weeks
·         Pornography, alcohol, tobacco 
·         Anything fragile or irreplaceable – things break and/or packages are lost or stolen

For questions or more information, please call Rep. Bellock’s Office at (630) 852-8633.
Free resources offered for Seniors, Job Seekers, and Property Tax payers

WESTMONT –Deputy House Minority Leader and State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) is hosting four different community outreach events October 20-22 in Elmhurst, Hinsdale and Westmont. All events are free and open to the public:

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.

“I would like to invite local residents to one or more of the community forums I am hosting this fall,” Rep. Bellock said. “Constituent feedback is a very important aspect of my job as state representative. I enjoy meeting with and listening to local families about their concerns and sharing how my office is able to help.”
LOMBARD - The Legislative Advisory Council created by three local lawmakers presented updates on its research into state issues as it reconvened for a Meeting of the Whole Oct. 5 at Beacon Hill Retirement Community in Lombard.

State Sen. Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) said Council members are working with him, State Rep. Peter Breen (R-Lombard) and State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) to develop new ideas and evaluate current proposals being considered in Springfield. More than 50 local residents attended the meeting.
Rep. Bellock visited two classes at Westmont Jr. High School to discuss civics and state government in Illinois. The students asked outstanding questions and enjoyed having a conversation with their State Representative. As a grandmother and a former teacher herself, Rep. Bellock believes in giving back to the next generation and encouraging their success in the classroom.