“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.