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

For more information on the day of service, please visit
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.