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.