Governor Rauner announced this afternoon the restoration of approximately $26 million in funding for social service and public health grants; after new forecasts show the state estimated to bring in an extra $300 - $500 million in revenue for this year than previously anticipated.

The grants including funding for autism services, assistance for the homeless, maintaining the Illinois Tobacco Quitline, funeral and burial assistance for the poor; and other important social services.
Rep. Patti Bellock (left) welcomes former U.S. Congresswoman Judy Biggert (R-Hinsdale) back to the Illinois House of Representatives on Wednesday. Rep. Biggert served three terms in the Illinois House starting in 1993 before being elected to the United States Congress in 1998. Rep. Bellock succeeded Biggert in the Illinois House in 1999. They are joined by Deputy House Minority Leader David Leitch (R-Peoria), Rep. Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) and Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove). 

Dear Neighbor,

I would like to take a moment to update you on important developments from the past week that affect local families and our community as a whole. Last Wednesday, the Illinois Senate voted to restore $26 million in social service and public health grants that the Governor had frozen. I will support the Senate’s action and approve restoration of the grant funding for autism and other social services if it is heard in the House of Representatives.

Also on Wednesday, the House voted to approve legislation to ban non-home rule communities from utilizing red light cameras after January 1, 2017. The bill, HB 173, was approved on a bipartisan basis by a vote of 79-26, with suburban legislators of both parties coming together in recognition that red light cameras have not improved traffic safety, and have only been used to generate revenue. I was among those voting to ban red light cameras. The bill now goes to the State Senate for consideration.
Rep. Patti Bellock joined Hinsdale's Assistant Chief of Police Kevin Simpson and his team at the "Walk the Walk for Autism" to benefit the Charlie's Gift Autism Center in Hinsdale.

Rep. Patti Bellock joined local families at the launch of the ILLINOIS READS initiative held today at Westmont High School. The event featured 20 authors from Illinois who introduced their books, read to children and offered individual book signings. This family-friendly event is sponsored by the Illinois Reading Council, which aims to promote literacy across the state of Illinois. The program encourages people to read books by Illinois authors. Each year, ILLINOIS READS offers a new list of books at six different age levels.

To learn more about ILLINOIS READS or to become an Ambassador for the program, please click here.
Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale), a respected advocate for children and adults with autism and other special needs, has introduced a bipartisan House Resolution, HR 314, recognizing April of 2015 and 2016 as Autism Awareness Month in the State of Illinois.

Autism spectrum disorders can affect all individuals regardless of racial, ethnic, economic, and social groups. Autism spectrum disorders are more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.
Rep. Patti Bellock welcomes Mr. Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest, to the Illinois House of Representatives in Springfield.

LOMBARD – State Sen. Chris Nybo, State Rep. Peter Breen and State Rep. Patricia Bellock are creating a Legislative Advisory Council to work with local residents on issues that affect them in Springfield.

“It is a tremendous honor to serve our communities in both chambers of the General Assembly, and we intend to start off on the right foot by finding better ways to stay engaged with the community,” Rep. Breen said. “We trust the wisdom of our community and need the advice and insight of our neighbors as we act to solve problems, as well as seize the great opportunities Illinois has before it.”

The Legislative Advisory Council will help Rep. Breen, Rep. Bellock and Sen. Nybo develop new ideas and evaluate current proposals and options pending in Springfield. Members must be at least 18 years of age and residents of the 24th Legislative District, which includes the 47th and 48th Representative Districts.