OAK BROOK - Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) and Rep. David Olsen (R-Downers Grove) joined elected officials from across DuPage County at the Third Annual Holiday Dinner & Concert Gala supporting Trinity Services, an important organization that serves people with developmental disabilities and mental illness across the region.

GLEN ELLYN –State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) will speak at a Human Trafficking Awareness Week event hosted by College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn at 10:00am on Friday, December 2; an event which will also feature providers of support services to victims of human trafficking as well as actual victims themselves.

This spring, Representative Bellock introduced and sponsored legislation (House Bill 2822) which created the Human Trafficking Task Force. The task force is currently conducting a study on the human trafficking problem in Illinois in order to develop a state plan in response to it. The task force findings and recommendations will be submitted in a report due by June 30, 2017. The Human Trafficking Task Force is comprised of twelve members from the General Assembly as well as a representative from the Chicago Regional Human Trafficking Task Force and the Director of State Police.

House Bill 2822 was unanimously approved by the General Assembly this spring and signed into law by the Governor on August 22.
WESTMONT –State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) has announced her district office as a drop-off location for local residents who wish to donate items for the men and women of the U.S. military serving at home and abroad this holiday season. Items can be donated during normal business hours Monday-Friday between 9:00am – 5:00pm at the Westmont Centre, 1 S. Cass Ave. in Westmont. The donation box is located in front of Rep. Bellock’s office, Suite 205.

Interested residents are welcome to either stop by or call ahead to schedule a donation time at (630) 852-8633. The last day donated items will be accepted is Thursday, December 1.

“I am pleased to partner with the USO again this year to collect items for our brave service members across all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces,” Representative Bellock said. “These men and women are away from their families and loved ones over the holidays. The generous donations of individuals within our community can help make sure our active duty military personnel know how much they are thought of and appreciated here at home.”
WESTMONT – The Illinois Farm Bureau has presented their 2016 “Friend of Agriculture” award to State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) in recognition of her voting record in support of pro-agriculture initiatives during the current 99th General Assembly. Presenting the award to Representative Bellock was DuPage County Farm Bureau General Manager Kara Kinney.

Rep. Bellock accepts the award from
Kara Kinney, General Manager of the
DuPage County Farm Bureau.
“I am exceptionally humbled to accept this award from our friends at the Illinois Farm Bureau,” Representative Bellock said. “Family farmers and the agri-business industry are the backbone of our state economy, producing the corn and soybeans that feed Illinois and the world. I am proud to stand with them and remain committed to being a strong advocate for agriculture as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives.”

The DuPage County Farm Bureau is a 501(c)(5), not-for-profit, individual membership association through which farm people can work together and cooperate with others to strengthen agriculture's role and influence as a vital part of a strong, prosperous economy in a free America.

The organization was established in DuPage County, Illinois in 1913, and is one of the oldest, local, agricultural associations of its kind in the United States.  DuPage County Farm Bureau® members are also members of the Illinois Farm Bureau® which is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation®.

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Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) and Rep. David Olsen (R-Downers Grove) participated in the Family Shelter Service 10K/5K Walk-Run at Midwestern University in Downers Grove on Sunday, pictured here with the agency's former director, Judy Caribeaux. There were over 300 people at the start of the event to support this wonderful agency which serves survivors of domestic violence.

(Alexandria, VA) – The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) is proud to announce Illinois State Representative Patricia R. “Patti Bellock” (R-Hinsdale) as a 2016 Elected Women of Excellence Award winner.

This award was created to identify women who have worked tirelessly, often breaking down barriers and overcoming obstacles that once seemed insurmountable, to serve their communities. These pacesetters have engendered an environment where women can now serve in public office and fight for the issues they are passionate about.

The 2016 Women of Excellence winners will be presented with an award at the Women of Excellence ceremony at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel on Wednesday November 16th, during the 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. 
Surveys of prescription drug abusers tell us that a majority of those with opioid addictions started by stealing unused prescription medication from friends and family.

The Illinois Medical Society (ISMS) has taken action to educate Illinois physicians and the public on ways to curb this epidemic. Last week, in partnership with ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company, ISMS distributed more than 11,000 kits promoting the importance of disposing of unused medications. The disposal kit contains information for doctors and patient materials highlighting the importance of proper disposal and what should be done with unused medications. The kit is also accessible for free download by anyone at www.isms.org/Take-BackThe ISMS has also teamed up with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) to promote its semi-annual Drug Take-back day on October 22. 

This Take-back initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. 

Help combat the opioid epidemic and keep your family safe by disposing of unused medication properly. Find a Take-Back location near you.
Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) joined Governor Bruce Rauner, Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) and College of DuPage Board Chairman Deanne Mazzochi today as the Governor announced a comprehensive plan to promote economic growth and job creation by cutting the red tape in Illinois. The Governor signed Executive Order 16-13 to review all agency rules and regulations by the newly-created Illinois Competitiveness Council.
To learn more about the initiative, please click HERE

Rep. Patti Bellock with Rep. David Olsen (second from left), Downers Grove Mayor Martin Tully (second from right) and library trustees at the 125th anniversary celebration of the Downers Grove Public Library. The library has a rich history and boasts 500,000 visits a year from local residents.

Dear Friend,

I hope this note finds you and your family well; and enjoying the onset of autumn. I would like to thank everyone who attended one or more of my six recent town hall meetings held throughout the district in September. We enjoyed a robust discussion with constituents in Oak Brook, Clarendon Hills, Elmhurst, Western Springs, Westmont and Hinsdale on issues ranging from the state budget, veterans services, identity theft, heroin abuse in the western suburbs, and a recap of federal issues in Washington, DC with Congressman Peter Roskam. 

For those of you who were not able to attend any of the town hall meetings this fall, I look forward to seeing you at a community event in your area in the near future. Please scroll below for recent updates of interest and concern to local families and taxpayers.– Patti
WESTMONT – State Representative Patti Bellock (R- Hinsdale) has been recognized with the "Guardian of Small Business" award by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The NFIB is Illinois' leading small business association, representing 11,000 businesses across the state. Every two years the organization scores legislators based on key small business votes they take in Springfield. Rep. Bellock received the award for her 100% positive voting record during the 2015-2016 legislative session.

“I am honored to accept this award and proud to stand up for the men and women of our small business community, the backbone of the Illinois economy.” Rep. Bellock said. “I would like to thank NFIB Illinois for their advocacy on behalf of small businesses here in the western suburbs and across the state.”

Representative Bellock has also been recognized with the “Champion of Free Enterprise” award by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce for her 100% voting record “in defense of free enterprise and the furtherance of economic opportunities for Illinoisans” during the current 99th General Assembly (2015-2016).

As noted in the “Starting Your Business in Illinois Handbook”, small businesses make up 98% of all Illinois businesses and employ nearly half of the workforce. Last year, the Illinois economy grew at an annual rate of 1.6%, which was slower than the overall U.S. growth rate of 1.9%.
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HINSDALE – Local residents are invited to attend a Budget Town Hall meeting Sept. 26 in Hinsdale with State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale).

The Budget Town Hall meeting is scheduled from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 26, at The Community House, located at 415 West Eighth Street in Hinsdale. The Budget Town Hall meeting is free and open to the public.

Rep. Bellock will provide an update on the state budget, including a discussion on state spending, taxes, education, human services and more. Constituents will have an opportunity to ask questions and share feedback on issues of concern. Light refreshments will also be provided.

“I am pleased to sponsor this town hall meeting as an opportunity to listen to the concerns of local residents and update them on the important work that remains to be done by the General Assembly in the months ahead,” Rep. Bellock said. “We welcome everyone to come and have their voice heard.”

Budget Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Patti Bellock
Monday, Sept. 26, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Community House
415 West Eighth Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521

State Representative Patti Bellock joined former Elmhurst Mayor and DuPage County Board member Pete DiCianni on Sunday at the annual "Talkie Trot" Family Fun Walk benefiting The Center for Speech & Language Disorders, a 501 (c)(3) to help children with autism and other disabilities who have serious speech issues and need services.

Pete DiCianni started the Talkie Trot years ago and is a true advocate for children. Pete is also largely responsible for helping pass the Autism Insurance bill in Illinois as well as Brianna's  Law and the Able  Act.

Here are a few statistics you should know:

  • 1 in 5 children receive services for speech and language disorders.
  • 1 in 50 children have an autism spectrum disorder.
  • 1 in 5.5 children encounter reading problems.





WESTMONT – Local veterans who are unemployed, under-employed, or looking to start a new career are invited to attend a free “Veterans – Jobs Boot Camp” presented by DeVry University and hosted by State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) at 7:00 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the Westmont Centre, located at 1 S. Cass Avenue in Westmont. A staff member from the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs will also be in attendance to provide information and answer questions about the full range of benefits and services available to Illinois veterans. 

 The “Veterans – Jobs Boot Camp” is a workshop featuring one-on-one consultations with career professionals including resume` writing tips, job search strategies, interview preparation and leveraging social networking tools to help veterans find jobs that match their interest level and skill set. Veterans are encouraged to bring a copy of their resume` for a one-one-one review.

“Our event will help veterans prepare to the find the new job or career change they’re looking for,” Rep. Bellock said.  “I would like to thank the staff from DeVry University and the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs for coming together to assist our local veterans with meeting their employment needs as well as making them aware of all the benefits and services they are entitled to.”

CLARENDON HILLS – Local residents are invited to join State Representative Patti Bellock and U.S. Congressman Peter Roskam for a free “Coffee and Casual Conversation” at the Prospect Park Pavilion at 10:30am on Saturday, September 10. 

Bellock and Roskam will provide constituents with updates from Springfield and Washington, DC, respectively. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions, give feedback and make their voices heard on current issues facing the Illinois General Assembly and United States Congress. Staff from both offices will also be available to assist constituents with accessing state and federal services.

The “Coffee and Casual Conversation” is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will also be provided.

Coffee and Casual Conversation with
State Representative Patti Bellock & Congressman Peter Roskam
Saturday, September 10
10:30am
Clarendon Hills Prospect Park Pavilion
Between Chicago, Prospect, Norfolk and Oxford Avenues
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514

For questions or more information, please contact Rep. Bellock's office at (630) 852-8633.                                                            
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ELMHURST – Local residents are invited to attend a free seminar on identity theft prevention at 10:00am on Tuesday, September 13 at the historic Wilder Mansion, located at 211 S. Prospect Avenue. The event is sponsored by State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) featuring a workshop provided by 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 avoid falling victim to fraud and scams.  
WESTERN SPRINGS – Local parents and students are invited to attend a free town hall meeting to learn about the response of local law enforcement agencies to stem the rise of heroin abuse among suburban teens and young adults in a panel discussion entitled “Heroin: The Suburban Secret”. The event is sponsored by State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) in partnership with the Western Springs Police Department. 

The town hall meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at Lyons Township High School’s South Campus, Performing Arts Center, located at 4900 South Willow Springs Road in Western Springs.

The panel discussion will feature the following law enforcement leaders:

Dennis Wichern, DEA, Special Agent in Charge, Chicago Division
Brian Sexton, Chief, Narcotics Prosecution Bureau, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
Mark Piccoli, Director of DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group (DuMEG)
Sergeant Dan Albrecht, Western Springs Police Department

Local residents will also be able to ask questions of the panelists and make their voice heard.
OAK BROOK – Local residents are invited to attend a Budget Town Hall meeting Sept. 8 in Oak Brook with State Sen. Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) and State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale).

The Budget Town Hall meeting is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sept. 8, at the Oak Brook Village Hall, Samuel Dean Board Room, located at 1200 Oak Brook Road in Oak Brook. The Budget Town Hall Meeting is free and open to the public.

Sen. Nybo and Rep. Bellock will provide an update on the state budget, including a discussion on state spending, taxes, education, human services and more. Constituents will have an opportunity to ask questions and share feedback on issues of concern. Light refreshments will also be provided.
WESTMONT– State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) will host six town hall meetings throughout the district in the month of September, in a schedule released by her office today.  All events are free of charge and open to the public. 

Budget Town Hall with State Senator Chris Nybo
Thursday, September 8
6:30pm
Oak Brook Village Hall – Samuel Dean Board Room
1200 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook, IL

*Get an update on the state budget, including a discussion on state spending, taxes, education, human services and much more.

CHICAGO– State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) participated in a small meeting of 10 women legislative leaders from around the country to talk about women's' and family issues with Melinda Gates at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) annual summit at McCormick Place on August 10. Gates is an accomplished businesswoman, renowned philanthropist and wife of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

Together with her husband, Mrs. Gates is the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private foundation in the world. Their work focuses on helping lift the world’s poorest people out of hunger and poverty; harnessing advances in science and technology to save lives; and, here at home, improving high school and postsecondary education for children throughout the United States.

In their meeting, Rep. Bellock shared ideas with Mrs. Gates on public policy regarding women and children; including the opportunities and challenges faced by state legislators in improving the health and prosperity of families here in Illinois.
Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) volunteered on Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field (formerly Comiskey Park) in Chicago for the "Play Your Part" event to give out gift packages of donated toys for over 400 foster children, sponsored by the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF). 

While other organizations provide food, shelter and support services to children and their families, the Toy Industry Foundation sees to it that these children have toys and opportunities to play in an attempt to restore both fun and a sense of normalcy to their lives. 

The Foundation currently fulfills its mission through core programs including The Toy Bank™ and grants to organizations whose missions are in line with that of the Toy Industry Foundation. The first industry-wide program of its kind, The Toy Bank receives donations of newly manufactured toys from members of the toy industry and distributes them through local charities to underserved, at-risk and homeless children throughout the United States and around the world. For more information on TIF visit: www.toyindustryfoundation.org.  
WESTMONT– Governor Bruce Rauner signed three bipartisan bills into law on Friday, July 22 introduced and sponsored by State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale), the Deputy Minority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives. The three new state laws include: 

 HB 4352: Strengthens the education of children with dyslexia by establishing a statewide definition of dyslexia that the Illinois State Board of Education must incorporate in both general education and special education.

“Children with dyslexia must not be left behind in the classroom,” Rep. Bellock said. “By setting forth a clear definition of dyslexia, we’re giving educators and school administrators the understanding they need to make necessary changes to curriculum that will improve the learning environment for students with a reading disability.”
State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) attending a dedication of three headstones on the previously unmarked graves of Civil War soldiers buried in Fullersburg Cemetery, a small old historic cemetery in Hinsdale.. There was a ceremony honoring the soldiers (two Union and one Confederate). Please click HERE to learn more.

Rep. Patti Bellock enjoyed the 4th of July festivities in Westmont with local residents and their families.

“Today, on the last day of the state’s fiscal year, the General Assembly reached a compromise and passed a stopgap budget which will fund schools-- both K-12 and higher education, human service providers, MAP grants, and transportation.  
This agreement was reached in bi-partisan working groups to ensure schools and universities can open on time and that more than 800 active transportation projects continue uninterrupted, keeping 25,000 workers on the job. The stopgap budget will protect Illinois taxpayers while giving legislators a bridge to a balanced, full year budget.
WESTMONT– Local residents wishing to donate school supplies to students in need for the upcoming school year can do so at the District Office of State Representative Patti Bellock, located in the Westmont Centre at 1 S. Cass Avenue, Suite 205 from now through Friday, July 22. The school supplies drive is coordinated by People’s Resource Center. 

The list of items that can be donated include: Backpacks, Binders, Colored Pencils, Composition Books, Crayons - 8 Count & 24 Count, Dry Erase Markers, Erasers, Folders, Glue/Glue Sticks, Highlighters, Index Cards, Loose Leaf Paper, Markers - Thin & Broad Size, Notebooks, Pencils, Pencil Case, Pencil Sharpeners, Protractors, Rulers, Scientific calculators, Scissors, and Spiral Notebooks - Wide & College Ruled.

The deadline to drop-off school supplies for the donation drive at Rep. Bellock’s office is Friday, July 22.  Other drop-off locations include the Jewel-Osco at 4 E. Ogden Ave. in Westmont and the People’s Resource Center offices at 104 Chestnut Avenue in Westmont and 201 S Naperville Road in Wheaton.
Deputy Minority Leader and State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) issued the following statement on the adjournment of the Illinois General Assembly on Tuesday, May 31 without passing a state budget: 

"As the chief budget negotiator for my caucus, I'm encouraged by the very meaningful progress we've made in bipartisan budget working groups in recent weeks. While it's disappointing that a comprehensive solution wasn't reached by May 31, we've committed to continue bipartisan negotiations immediately with the goal of achieving a solution as soon as possible. Our commitments to the most vulnerable children, families and seniors in Illinois must be kept. It is time for Democrats and Republicans to come together in a spirit of cooperation and compromise to agree on a responsible budget for the State of Illinois."

The Illinois House of Representatives is scheduled to be in session every Wednesday throughout the month of June beginning on June 8.
During the House floor debate on Friday, with only 4 days left in the regular session, Deputy Minority Leader and State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) joined a call for all legislators in the House to stand up if they are willing stay at work over the holiday weekend and work on a compromise to achieve a comprehensive and balanced budget. 
SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale), the Minority Spokesperson on the Human Services – Appropriations Committee helped lead bipartisan negotiations that produced an agreement resulting in today’s passage of a $700 million stopgap funding measure to keep vital human services operating in the State of Illinois on a short-term basis until a complete budget is enacted.

State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale)
While House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) expressed disappointment that critical funding for public safety and state correctional facilities were omitted from the bill, House Amendment 2 to Senate Bill 2038, the House of Representatives nevertheless voted to provide much needed funding to keep the state’s social services infrastructure from collapsing.

“One of my chief concerns during this budget impasse has been its impact on the most vulnerable in our community; particularly the children, families, seniors and disabled who depend upon a reliable safety net. That’s why today’s vote was so important,” Rep. Bellock said.
 
“To be clear, it’s not a solution. It’s a bridge to help those who need help the most until a complete budget is in place. It’s also a show of good faith that Democrats and Republicans can come together and meet our commitments to the state’s most vulnerable population.”

Senate Bill 2038 passed the House by a vote of 111-0-3 before being unanimously approved by the State Senate 56-0. It now goes to Governor Bruce Rauner for signature.
 
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On Monday, State Representatives Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) and David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) joined a panel of legislators at the City Club of Chicago to discuss the current state of the Illinois budget. See the video HERE.

Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) was the announcer for the kickoff of the 13th Annual Run for the Kids: Superhero Hustle 5K Run/2 Mile Walk on Saturday to benefit the mission of Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley to enable infants, children, and adults with disabilities to achieve maximum independence, and to provide support for the families who love and care for them.

Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) participated in the 2016 Walk for Wellness House today in Hinsdale. $500,000 was raised to support cancer patients and their families in our community. Rep. Bellock enjoys participating each year, seeing old friends and making new ones. To learn more, please visit www.wellnesshouse.org.
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution today, HR 1145, to proclaim the annual Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Day in the State of Illinois. The resolution was introduced and sponsored by State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale).

Rep. Bellock was a leader in organizing the very first Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day in the State of Illinois several years ago. This year, over 200 volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter traveled to the State Capitol in Springfield on April 14 to help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease as a growing public health challenge.

“I would like to thank the Alzheimer’s Association and all the outstanding volunteers and legislators who helped make advocacy day a big success again this year,” Rep. Bellock said. “Their combined efforts are truly making a difference in the ongoing research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s and the important task of providing support to caregivers.”
By Matt Dietrich
Reboot Illinois

If the eight lawmakers on the dais Monday at the Union League Club were in control of budget talks in Springfield, the Illinois budget impasse would have been over long ago.

But the four Democrats and four Republicans who participated in Monday’s Illinois Campaign for Political Reform/Truth in Accounting state budget forum are caught in the deadlock between Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan. So, for that matter, is the rest of the state, which is watching its government build a deficit that could hit $10 billion by June 30...
Letter to the Editor published in Elmhurst Patch:


Patricia R. “Patti” Bellock
Deputy Minority Leader
State Representative, 47th District


The State of Illinois budget impasse is hurting the most vulnerable families in our community while undermining the state’s ability to grow the economy and create good-paying new jobs.
Governor Rauner delivered his Budget Address on February 17.  In his speech, the Governor outlined two alternate paths to resolve the impasse. The first, preferred option is for Democrats and Republicans in the State House and Senate to come together and compromise on a budget solution that includes some of the Governor’s proposed reforms “to lower the cost of government, while generating economic growth.”  These include workers’ compensation reform, lawsuit reform, local government consolidation, and reform to the processes by which the State negotiates contracts with the state employees’ union.
Today is National Wear Red Day! Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, yet it is 80% preventable. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women initiative promotes awareness to prevent heart disease and stroke. Please click HERE for more and WEAR RED!
Rep. Bellock attended the 21st Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast at Benedictine University in Lisle on Monday. She was honored to sit with the students from College of DuPage, two of which received scholarships at the event for all their great work. It was a wonderful morning with some very inspiring speakers.
This coming Monday, January 18 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Serve Illinois, the state's Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, is encouraging Illinoisans to get involved and make a difference by volunteering for an MLK Day project in your local area.

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each year, thousands of Illinoisans make the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday "a day on, not a day off." This year Serve Illinois asks you to join your neighbors in giving back. Below, please find details on service projects that are planned by Serve Illinois partners. You can also search for more projects by visiting www.serve.illinois.gov.

For more information on the day of service, please visit MLKDay.gov.
By Greg Bishop | Illinois News Network

Lawmakers and government watchers are taking stock of the governor's first year in office and say all sides need to come together to fix the state's problems...

Hinsdale Republican Representative Patti Bellock says Republicans have stood strong with the governor because things need to change.

“I think in order to make change,” Bellock said, “we have to hold together. So we’ve been through some tough votes in the spring and the summer and we have held together because we want to support the governor because we know that he can bring about change.”
Budget – FY16

·         CGFA issues monthly budget report.  The report, which covers Illinois general funds receipts and expenditures for the month of December 2015, was generated by the non-partisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA). 

With the State’s large single budget source – personal income tax revenues – continuing to feel the effects of the current individual income tax rate of 3.75%, December 2015 general revenues net of refunds were down by $430 million from comparable levels of funds paid to the State in December 2014.  Of this decline, $376 million was accounted for by changes in personal, individual, and corporate income tax flow, net of refunds.
Dear Friend,

Greetings to you and your family for a Happy New Year! The Illinois House of Representatives is scheduled to reconvene in Springfield on January 13 to resume work on our unfinished budget and to begin the legislative process for the 2016 Spring Session.

237 new state laws took effect in Illinois on Friday, January 1. I have posted the complete list with descriptions HERE. My legislative goals for 2016 include completion of a responsible budget, enacting common-sense reforms that will encourage private-sector job growth and investment, and ensuring that the state’s limited resources continue to provide a safety net for the most vulnerable children and families in our community.

As always, I welcome your input throughout the year, but particularly at this time as we prepare to draft and file new bills to improve upon existing law, amend or repeal laws that aren’t working, and to tackle issues which the law currently does not address. Community feedback during this process is both vital and appreciated.

Please always feel welcome to contact my District Office by phone at (630) 852-8633 or via email HERE. Together let’s make 2016 a year that we strengthen the quality of life for every family in Illinois and build a better future filled with opportunity for our children and grandchildren.

Please read below for a special reminder to motorists regarding vehicle sticker renewals from the Secretary of State.

Warmest Regards,

Patti Bellock
Deputy Minority Leader
State Representative, 47th District 

237 new state laws took effect on Friday, January 1 in Illinois. Unfortunately, a balanced budget is not among them.

Several of the new laws affect children, veterans and the elderly. Others affect drivers and consumers.