SB 772 will decrease prevalence of “doctor-shopping”

EAST ST. LOUIS (Dec. 13, 2017) — Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed into law SB 772, legislation that will require prescribers with an Illinois Controlled Substance License to register with and use the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), a database that records patient prescription history.

The PMP allows physicians to check previous patient prescriptions and requests for controlled substances. Increasing the required checkpoints in advance of prescribing controlled substances will cut down on “doctor-shopping,” the practice of patients obtaining opioid prescriptions from multiple physicians.
Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) accepted the 2017 Legislator of the Year Award on Tuesday from the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association, pictured here with the Association's Julie Rodriguez, who nominated Bellock for all her work over the years in working on legislation for mental health and addiction services. Rep. Bellock is very appreciative of this honor.

Rep. Bellock holding her Judy Baar Topinka
"Trailblazer" Award
CHICAGO – State Representative Patti Bellock, R-Hinsdale, was presented with the Judy Baar Topinka “Trailblazer” Award by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) at the nonprofit organization’s Annual Awards Reception on December 4. The award is named for the late Judy Baar Topinka, who served as Illinois State Treasurer from 1995-2007 and Illinois State Comptroller from 2011 until her death in December 2014. Former Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno also received the same award at the reception.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized along with my friend Chris Radogno in the spirit of the late Judy Baar Topinka, a true trailblazer and both an inspiration and a mentor to many of us women in Illinois government,” Rep. Bellock said. “I thank the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform for their outstanding nonpartisan work to make our state a better place by advocating for much-needed reforms.” 
Rep. Bellock had the honor of turning on the lights of the big Christmas tree in Elmhurst at the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Wilder Park on Thursday night with her grandchildren. The night was fantastic with families everywhere in the park enjoying the live Christmas music, the live reindeer, cookie decorating and of course a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.

State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) was recognized at the Poised for Success Annual Fundraiser Dinner held at the Diplomat West in Elmhurst for her efforts on behalf of women. Poised For Success® is a non-profit organization  based in Lombard serving the suburban Chicagoland area. Their mission is to provide free interview and business appropriate clothing to women in the job market.  In addition, volunteers assist clients in building self-esteem and interview skills, as well as referrals to other local service organizations providing job-skills training and job placement.

Originally founded in 2002, Poised For Success is the result of a group of dedicated women who wanted to ensure that every woman has the opportunity to become financially independent. Poised For Success is supported entirely by community donations and a strong volunteer base.

To learn more, donate or volunteer, please visit

Lawmakers discussed top environmental threats such as invasive species and nutrient pollution

CHICAGO, IL. – State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) joined a bipartisan group of more than 20 state legislators from five states at the 2017 Great Lakes Forum organized by the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) in Chicago on November 3rd and 4th.

“Participating in this forum provided me the opportunity to collaborate with other policymakers from states in the Great Lakes region on how to preserve and strengthen Illinois’ greatest natural resource; Lake Michigan and all the tributaries that supply drinking water to local families,” Rep. Bellock said. “Ecological threats to Lake Michigan are constantly evolving; from pollution to different types of invasive species. It is imperative that we work together in a proactive manner with other Great Lakes states to protect our water for future generations.”
WESTMONT– State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) reminds constituents that the last day to donate items for USO care packages to benefit the men and women of the U.S. military serving at home and abroad this holiday season is Monday, November 27.

Items can be donated during normal business hours at Representative Bellock’s district office in Westmont on Monday-Friday between 9:00am – 5:00pm at the Westmont Centre, 1 S. Cass Avenue. The donation box is located in front of Representative 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 Monday, November 27.
CHICAGO— Today State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) joined House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Nirav Shah joined dozens of advocates and members of the healthcare community on Diabetes Awareness Day to announce the state’s Diabetes Action Plan.

Rep. Patti Bellock speaks at today's press conference.
 “We recognize that diabetes is a huge epidemic in our state and our nation,” said Rep. Durkin. “It is very important that we are proactive and try to help those who are most at risk for Type 2 diabetes get the education and treatment they need. It’s also important that we educate parents and family members on the warning signs of Type 1 diabetes to begin treatment as soon as possible.”

The goal of the plan is to reduce the social and economic burden of diabetes on our state by providing knowledge, education and access to care. The plan will contain three strategic priority areas:
State Rep. Patti Bellock attended the Elmhurst Veterans Day ceremony at Wilder Park today. The event included a posting of the rifle squad, a placement of the cross by the Elmhurst American Legion, a speech by Mayor Steve Morley, the placement of wreaths and more. Rep. Bellock would like to wish a very Happy Veterans Day to all the veterans in our community and throughout the State of Illinois. We honor your service and thank you for your sacrifice in defense of our freedoms.

Department of Insurance protects and educates Illinois consumers as uncertainty in the Marketplace persists

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) is improving the shopping experience for people who are looking to purchase a healthcare plan for 2018. Thanks to a new partnership with GoHealth, consumers will be able to take a comprehensive look at individual plans before they buy.
State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) with State Rep. David Olsen (R-Downers Grove) joined other Family Shelter Service supporters at their annual Free to Fly Run/Walk on Sunday morning at Midwestern University in Downers Grove to raise money to provide services to victims of domestic violence.

SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Comptroller’s Office has informed lawmakers that the final installment of Categorical funds for K-12 education owed to all Illinois public schools for the current 2017-18 school year has now been paid, State Representative Patti Bellock’s (R-Hinsdale) office shared today. This includes $421 million for schools to use on transportation, special education and other programs.

“Illinois schools endured unprecedented hardship during the recent two year state budget impasse,” Rep. Bellock said. “It is good news to share that the State has now caught up on payments owed to schools, allowing us to keep our commitment to K-12 education in the State of Illinois. I look forward to working with our local superintendents and my colleagues in the General Assembly over the next year to make certain that we keep the needs of our students and teachers in the classroom first when it comes to education funding.”
The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking input on the state's rest areas.

To enhance traveler safety and comfort, IDOT maintains a system of 30 rest areas and 11 welcome centers on highways throughout the state, which serve more than 36 million visitors annually. IDOT wants to make sure these service centers are kept clean, safe, and updated with travel-related amenities to enhance the travel experience for Illinois residents and visitors.

Illinois' rest areas and welcome centers are open 24 hours a day and feature restroom facilities, picnic areas, lighted walkways, maps, security cameras, parking for recreational vehicles, and commercial trucks, among other services.

Help shape the future planning of rest areas by completing IDOT's Illinois Rest Area Survey.

For a paper copy of the survey call 402-399-1405.
Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) was given the honor by the Knights of Columbus to do the traditional tapping of the keg that they do every year to officially start the Oktoberfest fundraiser for their charity work. The Elmhurst College Jazz Band played German and American songs for the large crowd. Rep. Bellock has worked closely with the Knights of Columbus and is being recognized for her efforts working on behalf of people with developmental disabilities and mental illness.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In recognition, State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) introduced and passed legislation this year, HR 254, to support and commend the efforts of those people and organizations who work tirelessly to help victims break free of the devastating effects of domestic abuse.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the "Day of Unity" held in October of 1981, and was conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Since 1989, October has been designated as National Domestic Violence Month.

Organizations such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence have worked to educate, counsel, and help communities affected by domestic violence.
State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) hosted a Senior Utility Savings Seminar at the Westmont Park District on Tuesday morning, featuring consumer experts from the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) who provided one-on-one consultations for local seniors on how to save money on their gas, electric and telephone bills.
State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) participated in the annual legislative forum hosted by Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove on Monday morning. State Representative David Olsen and State Senator John Curran also participated. Representative Bellock has enjoyed a strong relationship with the Hospital throughout her tenure in the Illinois General Assembly. 
State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) poses for a selfie with the staff and board members of Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley at their annual luncheon in Oak Brook.

WESTMONT– State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) invites local residents to attend a Town Hall Meeting on the state budget at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 25 at Oak Brook Village Hall, located at 1200 Oak Brook Road; and a Senior Utility Savings seminar at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26 at the Westmont Park District, located at 55 E. Richmond Street.

State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale)
hosts town hall meetings throughout
the 47th District each year.
Both events are free and open to the public from every community in Representative Bellock’s district, which includes portions of Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Westmont, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Burr Ridge and Western Springs.  Light refreshments will also be provided.

The Town Hall Meeting in Oak Brook will review the recent state budget that was passed into law in July, followed by a question and answer session with constituents. 

For the Senior Utility Savings seminar, local seniors are encouraged to bring their telephone, natural gas and electric bills for a one-on-one consultation with a consumer expert from the Citizens Utility Board (CUB). An RSVP is required for the Senior Utility Savings seminar by calling Representative Bellock’s office at (630) 852-8633.

“Keeping local families informed and giving constituents an opportunity to make their voice heard has always been my top priority,” Representative Bellock said. “We are pleased to offer a town hall meeting to discuss the new state budget; as well as a seminar to help local seniors save money on their utility bills.”

Please call Representative Bellock’s office at (630) 852-8633 for questions or more information.

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We have received this information from Lisa Madigan, the Attorney General of Illinois.  It may be very informative to all of our residents.  -- Patti Bellock, State Representative, 47th District

Equifax, an Atlanta based credit-rating agency, suffered a security breach on July 29th that exposed sensitive information of millions of Americans.   Such information included social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit card numbers, birthdays, and addresses. It has been determined that 5.4 million Illinois residents have been affected by the breach.

The company has set up a website where you can check if your personal information was affected by the breach:

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has opened an investigation into the recent security breach, and called on Equifax to provide free credit freezes to all Illinois residents in the wake of the breach. She urges Illinois residents to take the Equifax breach seriously and take steps to protect themselves from the possibility of identity theft:
ELMHURST– State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) invites local parents and students to attend an “Internet Safety Town Hall” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20 at Elmhurst College’s Illinois Hall, located at 190 Prospect Avenue. The event features an interactive seminar presented by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office on how to keep teens and young adults safe online.  The Internet Safety Town Hall is free and open to the public. 

“Keeping our children and grandchildren safe is every family’s number one priority,” Rep. Bellock said. “Our interactive seminar will help educate both parents and students on the evolving threat of online predators and the many different ways they prey on kids. We can prevent more teens and young adults from becoming victims by helping keep families informed with tips and resources to keep kids safe.”

Please call Rep. Bellock’s office at (630) 852-8633 for questions or more information.

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Lyons Township residents who wish to appeal their property tax assessment are currently able to pre-file an appeal with the Cook County Board of Review. Residential appeals are for taxpayers who own a single family home, small apartment building, or mixed-use property (commercial/residential) with less than 7 total units and less than 20,000 total square feet.

To download a copy of the appeal form or to learn more, please click HERE.
State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) welcomes guests at The Community House in Hinsdale for the second in a series of three property tax forums she is hosting throughout the 47th District. More than 125 local residents attended the presentation for residents of Downers Grove Township. Rep. Bellock hosted a property tax forum in Western Springs on Wednesday for residents of Lyons Township; and will be hosting a third property tax event in Elmhurst on Thursday, September 14 at Wilder Mansion. Please call Rep. Bellock's office at (630) 852-8633 with questions. 

State Rep. Patti Bellock
GLEN ELLYN– The Illinois Human Trafficking Task Force will hold its next hearing at College of DuPage from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, task force member and State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) announced today. The task force, created last year to help policymakers and law enforcement more effectively target and combat forced sexual exploitation in the State of Illinois, is holding its upcoming hearing at College of DuPage to raise public awareness on the challenges associated with treating human trafficking victims and preventing future cases of sexual exploitation. 

Guest speakers scheduled to appear at the hearing include representatives from the Salvation Army’s “STOP-IT” initiative against human trafficking; the Heartland Alliance; the Rockford Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation; the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation; the Illinois Department of Human Services Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking division; the Illinois Attorney General’s Office; the Immigrant and Workers Rights Practice Group; and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
State Rep. Patti Bellock
WESTMONT– State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) invites local residents to attend any of three upcoming  forums entitled “Understand & Learn How to Appeal Your Property Taxes” to educate and empower homeowners about the process for determining property taxes and how to appeal if they are being over-assessed. All forums are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. 

“We welcome every local homeowner to attend our property tax forum to learn about the process and get their questions answered,” Rep. Bellock said. “We are grateful that our local assessors have agreed to offer these forums as an informational resource for area homeowners and property tax payers.”

Wednesday September 6
Western Springs Village Hall, Lower Level
740 Hillgrove Ave., Western Springs
Presented by a representative from the Cook County Assessor’s Office (for residents of Lyons Township)

Thursday, September 7
The Community House, Kettering Hall
415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale
Presented by Greg Boltz, Downers Grove Township Assessor 

Thursday, September 14
Wilder Mansion
211 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst
Presented by Deanna Wilkins, York Township Assessor
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

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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.