State Rep. Patti Bellock joins Hinsdale Mayor Tom Cauley and other village officials at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Hinsdale Middle School on Monday. The school is expected to open next year.

Rep. Patti Bellock
WESTMONT– State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) announced today that she will not seek re-election to the Illinois General Assembly in 2018. She will continue to focus on serving her constituents and continuing her work on improving access to quality health care for every Illinois family and strengthening the safety net for the state’s most vulnerable residents until the completion of her current term in January 2019.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve my community in the Illinois General Assembly,” Rep. Bellock said. “I would like to thank my family, friends, and the residents of my district for their support over the years and to all those who suggested ideas for legislation that we were able to enact into public policy together. Making a positive difference in the lives of others has been the greatest reward in this job. Next year will be time to give someone else the opportunity to serve our community in the Illinois House of Representatives. Until then, I look forward to continuing to work with my constituents and my colleagues to make progress on many important issues until the end of my term in January 2019.”
State Rep. Patti Bellock (far right) joins Governor Bruce Rauner, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady and legislators from both the Illinois House of Representatives and State Senate at the Capitol calling on Democrats to release the education funding reform bill, Senate Bill 1, so that necessary changes can be made to prioritize fair and equitable funding for all schools across the state and ensure schools open on-time.

Rep. Patti Bellock
I would like to thank everyone who contacted my office in recent weeks to share their concerns about the need to pass a state budget and the income tax increase that was ultimately enacted over the Governor’s veto. While finally having a state budget provides a much-needed measure of stability to the safety net for the most vulnerable in our community, the budget that was passed was NOT the outcome many of us were working toward. 

The General Assembly passed a state budget with a 32% income tax increase on July 2 and voted to override the Governor’s vetoes on July 6, making them law. I opposed this budget because it does not have the fundamental changes that are necessary to put the State on a positive path long-term; specifically, economic and worker’s comp reforms that would attract private-sector employers and entrepreneurs to locate and create jobs here in Illinois.
Governor Bruce Rauner signed a key criminal justice reform bill chief co-sponsored by State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) at the capitol on Friday. The new law is aimed at curbing the out of control gun violence happening on the streets of Chicago. Attendees at the bill signing were Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale), State Rep. Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago), and other members of the General Assembly.

“762 murders and 4,331 shooting victims in Chicago last year is simply horrific, it must stop!” Rep. Bellock said. “None of us enjoy turning on the news each day to hear there was another death on the streets of Chicago as a result of gang violence. This bill will help curb that violence and crack down on the criminals who keep committing these heinous crimes.”

SB 1722 makes a number of changes to the criminal justice system to improve how we punish and rehabilitate gun offenders, as well as combat gang violence in Illinois. The bill will strengthen sentencing guidelines on offenders whom have committed a gun crime before. It creates a First-Time Weapon Offender Diversion Program to address the underlying reasons why a young adult may have committed the offense. Additionally, the bill will create a Violent Crime Intelligence Task Force within the Illinois State Police. This task force will be dedicated to combatting gun violence and other violent crime in Chicago and around the state.
Rep. Patti Bellock
WESTMONT– State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) announced her intention today to decline pay and per diem during the 10-day special session of the Illinois General Assembly scheduled for June 21-30. State law provides that legislators are to be paid for their gas and lodging expenses related to attending session at the Capitol in addition to their regular salary.

It will cost taxpayers an additional $24,237 per-day for the Illinois House of Representatives and State Senate to be in special session during the final 10 days of June. 

“I will not accept pay or per diem during the special session,” Rep. Bellock said. “We need to come together to pass a full-year comprehensive balanced budget. The most vulnerable in our state; including seniors on fixed incomes, single parents and their children, and individuals with physical, intellectual or developmental disabilities cannot afford the continued destruction of our social safety net.”

“We also cannot afford to let critical road safety projects shut down on July 1, or allow the Illinois economy to sink further due to credit downgrades and the continued loss of jobs to neighboring states,” Bellock added. “Passing a full-year, balanced budget is the only way to avoid these damaging outcomes. I do not believe I should accept pay or per diems to return to Springfield after the General Assembly failed to pass a budget by the May 31 deadline.”


CHICAGO – House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), Senate Republican Caucus Whip Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles), Assistant Senate Republican Leader Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), Deputy House Republican Leader Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) and House Republican Conference Chairperson Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) today introduced a package of bills to end the budget impasse. The bills represent a compromise balanced budget and reforms that address the priorities of both parties, and urged the General Assembly to return to Springfield to vote on this proposal.
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 9:00am - 4:00pm through Wednesday, July 26. The school supplies drive is coordinated by People’s Resource Center.

The list of items that can be donated include: colored pencils, crayons, glue sticks, glue (like Elmer’s), 2-pocket folders, rulers, sticky note pads, loose leaf paper, highlighters, kids markers, pencils, pens, kids scissors, erasers, index cards, spiral notebooks, protractors, compasses and scientific calculators.  
Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) talking with volunteers for the Hinsdale Humane Society Pet Walk at Katherine Legge Memorial Park on Sunday. They had a great crowd!

On this Memorial Day, we pause to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms across the generations. May God Bless our fallen soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard personnel as well as those they left behind; grieving families and a grateful nation.

I would like to share this poem with you, “In Flanders Fields”, first written in 1915 and often associated with our remembrance of Memorial Day. It was penned by Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, who was inspired to write it after the funeral of a friend and fellow soldier. This has always been one of my favorites:
WESTMONT – The Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists (ISA) has recognized State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) as “Legislator of the Year” for her leadership on issues relating to patient safety and other health care legislation as a member of the Illinois General Assembly. The award was presented at the ISA’s Annual House of Delegates meeting in Chicago on April 29 by Dr. Asokumar Buvanendran, Chair of the ISA Governmental Affairs Committee.

“It is a privilege working with our local anesthesiologists to advance policies at the state level that focus on patient safety and strengthening the delivery of the highest quality health care for Illinois families,” Rep. Bellock said. “I am truly honored to accept this award and look forward to making continued progress on state health care issues in partnership with our hardworking and dedicated anesthesiologists.”

Representative Bellock’s district is home to hundreds of the most educated and experienced anesthesiologists in the State of Illinois, many of whom work locally at Elmhurst Hospital in Elmhurst, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital in Hinsdale, respectively. To learn more about the ISA, please visit them online at www.isahq.org.

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Advocates from the Woodridge food pantry and the Northern Illinois Food Bank stopped by the Springfield Office on Hunger Day at the Illinois Capitol on Wednesday to visit with State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) to discuss important legislation in the fight to end hunger in the State of Illinois. Thank you for all your outstanding volunteer efforts in our community in service to local families in need! 

State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) spoke at a press conference today with Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) and Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) on the need to pass a state budget with economic reforms before the May 31 deadline. (Note: Rep. Bellock starts speaking at 5:10 minutes into the video.)

HINSDALE – State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) sent a letter to the Illinois Tollway on April 28 urging the agency to prioritize public feedback and transparency in decision-making regarding the approved expansion of the central section of I-294 in the Hinsdale area. The Tollway Board voted 8-0 on April 27 to advance the project to the design phase. The project would expand the tollway one lane on each side as well as eliminate the Hinsdale Oasis.

“The project raises significant concerns for our constituents in Hinsdale, making it essential that they have ample opportunity to learn about the I-294 expansion proposal and provide their feedback,” Rep. Bellock said in her letter, which was co-signed by State Senator Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) and House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). “Widening of I-294 would have a harmful impact on local property values and parks, as well as generate increased noise pollution. In addition, the elimination of the Hinsdale Oasis would result in a significant loss of revenue to the Village,” Bellock’s letter added.
4H members from DuPage County visited Springfield and met with Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale).

State Rep. Patti Bellock speaks at a press conference at the 
Illinois Capitol on the need to pass a responsible budget
Illinois News Network

House Democrats on Thursday rushed through a vote on a stopgap spending bill to provide more than $800 million to human service providers and higher education programs for the final three months of the current fiscal year. Republicans called it irresponsible, saying it will only make the state’s finances less certain. 

House Bill 109, a shell bill just a few days ago, was approved along partisan lines, 64-45, after often tense debate on the House floor…

State Rep. Patti Bellock, R-Hinsdale, said human services and higher education are important areas “but we have $14 billion of unpaid bills right now and what do we say to the other people that are owed those bills that we need to address this year in a real budget for the state of Illinois?”

Bellock and other Republicans said there needs to be structural reforms to grow the economy as part of a full and balanced budget solution, but worry politics is getting in the way...
Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) raised awareness of World Autism Day on Sunday; celebrated all over the State of Illinois honoring individuals and families living with autism. Rep. Bellock spent the afternoon with families at Brookfield Zoo and welcomed guests at the special dolphin show for children and adults on the autism spectrum. It was a fantastic afternoon!

Rep. Patti Bellock
Springfield, IL - House Republican Leader Jim Durkin today called on Speaker Michael Madigan and the House Democrats to join House Republicans in passing comprehensive pension reform that would provide significant savings for taxpayers and $215 million to the Chicago Public Schools for a one time pension parity payment. 

According to Durkin, the legislation, House Bill 4027, is modeled after legislation introduced in a bipartisan manner in the Senate. Joining Leader Durkin in introducing the new bill as Chief Co-Sponsor is Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale), the Deputy Minority Leader in the Illinois House of Representatives.

Specifically, HB 4027 includes:
  • Senate President John Cullertons “consideration model” that would require members of TRS, SURS, SERS, GARS, and CTPF to exchange their Tier 1 COLA for the right to have future raises to be counted as pensionable, or keep their COLA and sacrifice future raises as pensionable.  This concept previously received union support by the We Are One Coalition
  • Provides a one-time normal cost payment to the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund of $215.2 million for FY 17
  • Closes new member participation in GARS
  • Offers Tier 1 TRS, SURS, SERS and GARS employees the option to participate in a defined contribution (DC) plan
  • Creates a voluntary Tier 3 Hybrid defined benefit/defined contribution plan for new Tier 2 employees under TRS, SURS, and certain SERS members who do not participate in Social Security
With this legislation, we estimate the State of Illinois will realize short-term savings of $2.25 billion dollars from the general funds and a substantial step towards closing the deficit gap. This is a significant step towards achieving a balanced budget but also saving our pension systems.
Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) welcomed DuPage Hotel and Convention Director Beth Marchetti and Westmont Chamber President Larry Forssberg to Springfield on Tuesday. Tourism groups were at the Capitol for the day visiting with their local legislators. Larry and Beth came in to talk to Rep. Bellock about attracting tourism to DuPage County.

To learn more, please visit the DuPage County Convention & Visitors Bureau at www.discoverdupage.com/

Wednesday was Nurse Anesthetist Lobby Day at the Illinois Capitol. Rep. Patti Bellock met with two constituents from Hinsdale and Elmhurst in her Springfield office to discuss their issues and legislation. Thank you to all our hardworking and dedicated nurses in the 47th District!


The Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series trophy made a visit to the Illinois State Capitol today, where it was on display in the Illinois House of Representatives. Democrats and Republicans joined in unity to celebrate how baseball brings people together. State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) paid tribute to the Cubs and their achievement during the trophy visit, noting that her mother, the late Dorothy Comiskey and her grandmother, the late Grace Comiskey served as owners of the crosstown Chicago White Sox founded by Rep. Bellock's great-grandfather, Charles Comiskey.

House Republican legislators including Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) gather together at the Capitol wearing red for the American Heart Association's "Go Red Day" to raise awareness of the risk of heart disease among women. To learn more, please visit www.goredforwomen.org. 

Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) visited the fantastic new single patient room building at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove with Rep. David Olsen (R-Downers Grove) and members of the hospital staff who kindly gave Patti and David a tour. The 110,000 square-foot, four-story addition is scheduled to officially open on March 1. 

Patti has enjoyed a strong working relationship with Good Samaritan Hospital over the years, including hosting several health care-related outreach events there for constituents.

To learn more about the new addition at Good Samaritan Hospital and what it means for our community, please click HERE.  
Members of the General Assembly (left to right) Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor), Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake), Senator Pam Althoff (R-McHenry) and Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) take a selfie on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives to recognize the American Heart Association's "Go Red Day" at the Illinois Capitol to raise awareness of the risk of heart disease among women.

SPRINGFIELD – Women age 25 and over who wish to pursue their undergraduate education are encouraged to apply for a scholarship now available from the Conference of Women Legislators (COWL), a non-profit organization comprised of women serving in the Illinois General Assembly. 

The COWL Scholarship seeks to maximize educational opportunities for all income levels by offering tuition assistance to deserving women age 25 or older who show evidence of furthering their education in order to make a contribution to their government, children, families, and community. The one-year undergraduate scholarship will cover tuition, books and fees up to $2500 per year, including summer school.

COWL endeavors to support women who, for various reasons, have not had the opportunity to begin or complete their education at an earlier stage due to life changes and/or financial difficulties. Further, COWL encourages women of all races, religions, creeds, and ethnic backgrounds to apply for the scholarship.

Join People’s Resource Center on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM for a Job Fair in Westmont! This event is FREE and no registration is required. Companies are hiring right now:
  • Please bring multiple copies of your resume and dress for success.
  • Be ready to discuss your accomplishments and job skills with HR Managers who have immediate job openings.
  • Jobs are available in the following fields: bus drivers and aids, customer service,  grocery customer service, health care, installers, manufacturing, office support, security and warehousing.
  • No advance registration required.
  • PRC’s computer lab will be staffed with a volunteer to assist with online job applications.
  • Everyone is welcome! Bring your smile!

Rep. Patti Bellock
WESTMONT – Deputy House Minority Leader and State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) has been named the Minority Chairperson on the two House committees dealing with Human Services, giving her an increased role in shaping policy and advocating for the most vulnerable families in Illinois as the General Assembly looks to resolve the state budget impasse. Bellock will serve as Minority Chairperson on both the Human Services Committee and the Human Services Appropriations Committee. 

Committee assignments for the 100th General Assembly were announced today as the Illinois House of Representatives prepares to reconvene on February 8. In addition to the aforementioned assignments, Rep. Bellock has also been appointed to serve on the Special Committee on Healthcare & Healthcare Disparities, and Environment. 
Chicago Tribune 
Rep. Patti Bellock

State Rep. Peter Breen introduced legislation Monday that would reverse the Illinois Department of Transportation's decision that allows Oakbrook Terrace to install red light cameras at the Route 83 and 22nd Street intersection.

House Bill 506 bars automated traffic enforcement systems at that specific intersection, and declares any previous action to install such a system null and void...

House Bill 506 is co-sponsored by state Reps. Patti Bellock, a Hinsdale Republican; Deb Conroy, a Villa Park Democrat; and David Olsen, a Republican from Downers Grove…





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WESTERN SPRINGS – State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) shared with her constituents in Lyons Township today that the office of Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios has mailed Senior and Senior Freeze Exemption renewal applications for Tax Year 2016. Savings from these exemptions will appear as deductions on the 2017 Second Installment Property Tax Bills mailed this summer.

Nearly 300,000 applications were mailed to seniors who received the exemptions last year.
The application deadline is Wednesday, February 8th and it is imperative that seniors return their application(s) in order to receive their exemption savings on their tax bills.
Deputy House Minority Leader Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) nominated her friend and colleague Representative Jim Durkin for Speaker of the House on Wednesday at the inauguration of the 100th Illinois General Assembly in Springfield. Durkin was formally re-elected House Republican Leader, a post he has held since 2013.

Rep. Patti Bellock
SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) was sworn into office for a new two-year term serving the 47th District on Wednesday, citing her eagerness to work with both Democrats and Republicans to reform Illinois’ budget and spending policies and strengthen the state’s safety net for vulnerable families.  All 118 members of the House of Representatives took the oath of office for the inaugural of the historic 100th General Assembly at the University of Illinois-Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium in a noon-time ceremony.

A recognized expert on state budget, Medicaid and disability issues, Rep. Bellock shared her priorities for the coming year, emphasizing the opportunity for bipartisan action in 2017.  

“Our most immediate priority must be end the state budget impasse and protect the well-being of our state’s most vulnerable families; especially children, seniors and the disabled,” Bellock said. “We have a clear choice: maintain the status quo, raise taxes without reforms and force greater fiscal crisis, or go in a new direction and work together on changes that create jobs, strengthen schools, lower property taxes and ensure that a strong safety net remains in place.”
191 new laws take effect January 1, 2017. Here is a preview of 26 Illinoisans should know about:

Social media right to privacy
Public Act 99-610, House Bill 4999
Amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act to make it illegal for an employer or prospective employer to request or require an employee or applicant to access a personal online account (such as Facebook) in the presence of the employer. It is also illegal to request or require that an employee or applicant invite the employer to join a group affiliated with any personal online account of the employee, or applicant, or join an online account established by the employer. 

Employee Sick Leave Act
Public Act 99-841, House Bill 6162
Under the new law, employees may now use personal sick leave benefits for purposes dealing with a child, spouse, sibling, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent or step parent. The employee can use such time as may be necessary on the same terms that employee would use the time for their own illness or injury.