State Representative Patti Bellock is now serving her 7th term in the Illinois Legislature. Her assignments include Co-Chair of the Commission on Government and Fiscal Accountability, Co-Chair of the Medicaid Reform Committee, Co-Chair of the Human Service Committee and a member of the Financial Institutions, Labor, Mass Transit, Elementary and Secondary Education and Human Service Appropriation Committees. She was honored by being chosen to be one of only 21 members of the General Assembly to serve on the Impeachment Committee and one of only three Republicans appointed to be Chairman of a standing committee. For many years she has been a community activist in education, juvenile justice, healthcare, developmental disabilities and mental health issues. She is an advocate of tougher laws on domestic violence, terrorism, drug trafficking and sexual predators on the internet.
Her Landmark Legislation – bills requiring mental health parity, MRSA infection control, improving the Amber Alert system, strengthening child support in Illinois has been recognized on a national level. Last session, she co-sponsored legislation to create jobs in Illinois, to repeal taxes on business, to address the state’s health care system and to reform the Medicaid system. Recently she has worked on model legislation regarding school food allergy guides, a drug repository for low-income individuals and has hosted town hall meeting on Illinois pensions and budget issues. She works closely with constituents and local officials to ensure their concerns are heard in Springfield.
Bellock has received state and national awards for her role in numerous community projects and serves on several local boards for groups addressing the issues of Taxes, Substance Abuse, Autism, Human Services, Mental Health, Violence Prevention and the Arts. She was appointed to the National Health Care Committees of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) in Washington D.C. She is presently serving as the Midwest Director for the national group, Women in Government and she chaired the Conference of Women Legislators in Springfield, a bi-partisan group of all women legislators.
The Illinois Manufacturer’s Association rated Bellock among the top five legislators because of her consistency on business issues. The Illinois Chamber of Commerce also recognized Mrs. Bellock’s support of state and local business by naming her a Champion of Free Enterprise. She has been named Legislator of the Year by over 20 associations and most recently by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. Her focus on women’s issues earned her the honor of “Illinois Women Making a Difference” from the State Treasurer’s office.
A native of River Forest, Mrs. Bellock graduated from Saint Norbert College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in History and American Government. She taught school in both Fairbanks, Alaska, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and served as vice president of a sports investment firm in the private sector. She and her family have lived in Hinsdale, Illinois for 38 years.