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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.