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(Alexandria, VA) – The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) is proud to announce Illinois State Representative Patricia R. “Patti Bellock” (R-Hinsdale) as a 2016 Elected Women of Excellence Award winner.

This award was created to identify women who have worked tirelessly, often breaking down barriers and overcoming obstacles that once seemed insurmountable, to serve their communities. These pacesetters have engendered an environment where women can now serve in public office and fight for the issues they are passionate about.

The 2016 Women of Excellence winners will be presented with an award at the Women of Excellence ceremony at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel on Wednesday November 16th, during the 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. 
Surveys of prescription drug abusers tell us that a majority of those with opioid addictions started by stealing unused prescription medication from friends and family.

The Illinois Medical Society (ISMS) has taken action to educate Illinois physicians and the public on ways to curb this epidemic. Last week, in partnership with ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company, ISMS distributed more than 11,000 kits promoting the importance of disposing of unused medications. The disposal kit contains information for doctors and patient materials highlighting the importance of proper disposal and what should be done with unused medications. The kit is also accessible for free download by anyone at ISMS has also teamed up with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) to promote its semi-annual Drug Take-back day on October 22. 

This Take-back initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. 

Help combat the opioid epidemic and keep your family safe by disposing of unused medication properly. Find a Take-Back location near you.
Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) joined Governor Bruce Rauner, Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) and College of DuPage Board Chairman Deanne Mazzochi today as the Governor announced a comprehensive plan to promote economic growth and job creation by cutting the red tape in Illinois. The Governor signed Executive Order 16-13 to review all agency rules and regulations by the newly-created Illinois Competitiveness Council.
To learn more about the initiative, please click HERE

Rep. Patti Bellock with Rep. David Olsen (second from left), Downers Grove Mayor Martin Tully (second from right) and library trustees at the 125th anniversary celebration of the Downers Grove Public Library. The library has a rich history and boasts 500,000 visits a year from local residents.

Dear Friend,

I hope this note finds you and your family well; and enjoying the onset of autumn. I would like to thank everyone who attended one or more of my six recent town hall meetings held throughout the district in September. We enjoyed a robust discussion with constituents in Oak Brook, Clarendon Hills, Elmhurst, Western Springs, Westmont and Hinsdale on issues ranging from the state budget, veterans services, identity theft, heroin abuse in the western suburbs, and a recap of federal issues in Washington, DC with Congressman Peter Roskam. 

For those of you who were not able to attend any of the town hall meetings this fall, I look forward to seeing you at a community event in your area in the near future. Please scroll below for recent updates of interest and concern to local families and taxpayers.– Patti
WESTMONT – State Representative Patti Bellock (R- Hinsdale) has been recognized with the "Guardian of Small Business" award by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The NFIB is Illinois' leading small business association, representing 11,000 businesses across the state. Every two years the organization scores legislators based on key small business votes they take in Springfield. Rep. Bellock received the award for her 100% positive voting record during the 2015-2016 legislative session.

“I am honored to accept this award and proud to stand up for the men and women of our small business community, the backbone of the Illinois economy.” Rep. Bellock said. “I would like to thank NFIB Illinois for their advocacy on behalf of small businesses here in the western suburbs and across the state.”

Representative Bellock has also been recognized with the “Champion of Free Enterprise” award by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce for her 100% voting record “in defense of free enterprise and the furtherance of economic opportunities for Illinoisans” during the current 99th General Assembly (2015-2016).

As noted in the “Starting Your Business in Illinois Handbook”, small businesses make up 98% of all Illinois businesses and employ nearly half of the workforce. Last year, the Illinois economy grew at an annual rate of 1.6%, which was slower than the overall U.S. growth rate of 1.9%.
HINSDALE – Local residents are invited to attend a Budget Town Hall meeting Sept. 26 in Hinsdale with State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale).

The Budget Town Hall meeting is scheduled from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 26, at The Community House, located at 415 West Eighth Street in Hinsdale. The Budget Town Hall meeting is free and open to the public.

Rep. Bellock will provide an update on the state budget, including a discussion on state spending, taxes, education, human services and more. Constituents will have an opportunity to ask questions and share feedback on issues of concern. Light refreshments will also be provided.

“I am pleased to sponsor this town hall meeting as an opportunity to listen to the concerns of local residents and update them on the important work that remains to be done by the General Assembly in the months ahead,” Rep. Bellock said. “We welcome everyone to come and have their voice heard.”

Budget Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Patti Bellock
Monday, Sept. 26, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Community House
415 West Eighth Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521