Dear Friends,

I wanted to share the news with you personally that today I have accepted Governor Rauner’s appointment to serve as Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), effective July 11. This means I will be resigning my seat as State Representative for the 47th District. A new representative will be appointed in the coming weeks to serve the remainder of my term that expires in January. 

I am excited to join the talented and dedicated staff of HFS. I look forward to working with the Governor and my former colleagues in the General Assembly to ensure access to quality health care for Illinois’ most vulnerable population and making our health care delivery systems more efficient and effective.

In my new role, I will be responsible for managing Illinois’ Medicaid system, which I have worked to strengthen and reform throughout my entire career in the General Assembly, in collaboration with Governors and fellow legislators of both parties. HFS is also responsible for Illinois’ child support system.

I would like to share the HFS Mission Statement with you:

"The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services is committed to ensuring quality healthcare coverage at sustainable costs, empowering people to make sound decisions about their well‐being and maintaining the highest standards of program integrity on behalf of the citizens of Illinois. Establishing and enforcing child support obligations to make sure children and their families have the opportunities they deserve."

Fulfilling this mission statement is my continuing goal. Serving as Director of HFS will help me to serve Illinois’ most vulnerable children, families and seniors in a greater capacity. As I embark on this next chapter of my career, I wish to say a special thank you to each of you for your friendship and support.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for the honor and the privilege of serving as your State Representative for these past 20 years. The friendships I have made throughout our community during my years in the legislature have enriched my life beyond measure. To the people of Downers Grove, Darien, Elmhurst, Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Westmont, Western Springs and surrounding communities, I wish you and your families all the very best in the years ahead.

My last thank you is to my family, personal friends, staff, and all members of the legislature for their wonderful support and encouragement in these last 20 years.


Deputy Illinois House Minority Leader and State Representative Patti Bellock, R-Hinsdale, issued the following statement in response to final passage of a bipartisan state budget for Fiscal Year 2019 today by the Illinois General Assembly:

“After three years of turmoil, Democrats and Republicans worked cooperatively to pass a full-year balanced state budget. In the end, we achieved our three main priorities; a balanced budget, full year funding, and no tax increase. This budget also meets our commitment to mental health and combating opioid, alcohol and substance abuse addiction.”

State Rep. Patti Bellock, R-Hinsdale, speaks during debate in opposition to HR 1025, a resolution calling for Illinois to implement a Progressive Income Tax system.

State Rep. Patti Bellock, R-Hinsdale, met with members of the 4-H administrative staff this week getting ready for the hundreds of kids in 4-H clubs across the State of Illinois who visited the Capitol the following day. Rep. Bellock enjoyed meeting with the 4-H members and discussing their issues. 4-H is the largest out-of-school youth program in the country. There are 6 million kids across the country in 4-H, including 200,000 youth in Illinois, some from each of Illinois' 102 counties.

The Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation hosted an outstanding luncheon to celebrate the many community successes over the past year. Representative Patti Bellock, R-Hinsdale, was pleased to attend, shown here with EDC President Michael Cassa, Representative David Olsen, R-Downers Grove, EDC Chairman John Luka, and Senator John Curran.

United Way Children’s Home and Aid and other groups visited Rep. Patti Bellock, R-Hinsdale, at her Springfield Office to talk about funding for youth in the 2019 budget. Patti is one of the budgeteers for the State of Illinois in 2019 budget negotiations.

Rep. Patti Bellock

SPRINGFIELD – Deputy Illinois House Minority Leader and State Representative Patti Bellock, R-Hinsdale, has been named a budget negotiator to help craft a bipartisan balanced state budget this spring for Fiscal Year 2019, announced House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs. The General Assembly is required to pass a state budget by May 31 for the new fiscal year that begins on July 1. 

Joining Representative Bellock on this year’s budget negotiating team for the House Republicans is Representative David Harris, R-Arlington Heights. They will work closely in the coming weeks with the House Democrats team led by Representative Greg Harris, D-Chicago, and their counterparts in the State Senate, as well as staff from the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.

“It is vitally important that Democrats and Republicans work cooperatively in Springfield to pass a full-year balanced state budget this spring,” Rep. Bellock said. “Our priorities must be to preserve the safety net for the state’s most vulnerable children and families, meet the state’s commitment to K-12 education and public safety, and respect taxpayers by passing a budget that does not include any new tax increases. We can and must achieve each of these goals.”
Rep. Patti Bellock, R-Hinsdale, visited with a healthcare worker from Amita healthcare in her district on Illinois Hospital Day at the State Capitol in Springfield.

Dear Friends,
As we approach the celebration of the Easter holiday, I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on important upcoming dates as well as the status of the I-294 tollway expansion through Oak Brook, Hinsdale and Western Springs. 

The Illinois House of Representatives is scheduled to return to Springfield to resume the spring legislative session on Monday, April 9. We will remain in session almost every weekday from that point on through our scheduled adjournment on Thursday, May 31. Over that eight week period, there will be numerous committee hearings, negotiations and floor debates on literally hundreds of bills. As the Minority Spokesperson on both the Human Services Committee and the Human Services Appropriations Committee, I will be heavily involved in many bipartisan negotiations on important legislation. I will keep you updated on what we are working on in the coming weeks through this newsletter.

Here at home, many of you have contacted my office to express your concerns regarding plans for the I-294 tollway expansion. On March 15, Illinois Tollway officials met with neighbors of the Tri-State Tollway at the Union Church of Hinsdale to discuss how the widening of I-294 along the section from about 22nd Street to just south of the Hinsdale Oasis will affect their properties. Senator Chris Nybo and I attended this meeting along with approximately 50 local residents from Hinsdale and Western Springs. In addition to the encroachment on their property along with noise and air pollution, I am aware that residents are also concerned about potential drainage problems from the expansion.
Signs SB 1773, protecting safety net and rural hospitals while sustaining Medicaid program

CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner signed bipartisan legislation today that protects safety net and rural hospitals while ensuring continued federal support for quality healthcare to more than three million Illinoisans.

Senate Bill 1773 ensures the state will continue to receive federal matching funds to offer services for Medicaid beneficiaries through the Hospital Assessment Program, which brings in $3.5 billion annually. 

The Hospital Assessment Program is set to expire at the end of June. A bipartisan group of legislators worked with the Illinois Health and Hospital Association and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) to redesign the program, create a more equitable reimbursement process, and ensure more efficient use of taxpayer dollars.
By Sam Dunklau | NPR Illinois

Illinois hospitals are one step closer to saving a program that generates a lot of money used to treat low-income patients. State lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a plan on Wednesday that revamps the so-called hospital assessment program. 

Under the program,  Illinois hospitals front money to take care of people with government health insurance. Federal matching payments then add $3.5 billion more...

State Representative Patti Bellock, a Republican from Hinsdale, said...

“Every one of your hospitals is going to receive money. Everybody in the state of Illinois will receive good access and excellent quality of care,” she explained before the vote....

Rep. Patti Bellock, R-Hinsdale, working with young medical students from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University and University of Chicago Hospital involved in the LEAD program who did research forming public policy for legislators on important medical issues. Here the students are presenting Rep. Bellock with a certificate in honor of her work from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) joined Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, Aptar CEO Stephan Tanda and Adapt Pharma President of U.S. Operations Mike Kelly at a press conference today on the opioid epidemic in the State of Illinois and how naloxone is helping in the fight against it. Aptar and Adapt will jointly donate 4,000 doses of NARCAN® Nasal Spray to the Illinois Governor’s Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force, which the Illinois Department of Public Health will accept on behalf of the state. An additional 1,000 doses will be donated to the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition, near Aptar’s Crystal Lake headquarters.
State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) poses with Elmhurst Park District officials and staff at a luncheon during the "Soaring to New Heights" conference for over 1,000 park and recreation district staff and commissioners across Illinois, sponsored by the Illinois Association of Park Districts and the Illinois Park & Recreation Association

Angela Underwood | DuPage Policy Journal

Rep. Patricia Bellock (R-Hinsdale) will not give up on seeing further awareness for mental health and addiction parity in the insurance industry.

“I just want to say I feel that Illinois going back 15 years ago, we did one of the first parity laws in the state of Illinois, then we did a second parity law even before the feds ever did a parity law, so I think we are on the right track, I just think we all need to pull together,” Bellock said at Friday's House Mental Health Committee hearing on addiction parity, which dealt largely with mentally ill and addicted patients not receiving timely care due to insurance coverage that has proven to result in death. ..
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