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.