Bellock ending career after earning 'greatest reward'
A history-making legislator is gong to be history herself soon.
Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale), the first woman in the General Assembly to be a deputy leader of a caucus, has announced her retirement at the end of her term in 2019, according to her website.
“Making a positive difference in the lives of others has been the greatest reward in this job,” she posted. “Next year will be time to give someone else the opportunity to serve our community in the Illinois House of Representatives. Until then, I look forward to continuing to work with my constituents and my colleagues to make progress on many important issues until the end of my term in January 2019.”
Bellock has served in the House since January 1999 and was named deputy House minority leader in 2013.
Her key legislation has included the SMART Act, which reformed the state's Medicaid system, making improvements to the Amber Alert system and reinforcing child support.