Curran congratulates Bellock on appointment to DHFS Director
Following the Governor’s announcement naming State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) the new Director for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, State Sen. John Curran (R-Downers Grove) released the following statement commending her achievements.
“It has been an honor and a tremendous pleasure to work with Patti as I’ve served in the Senate and in my nine years serving on the DuPage County Board. She is a true ally and advocate for the people in Illinois and deeply vested in their future. Without a doubt, she is the best person to take on this crucial role in our government. For her 20 years in public service and countless years before that, she has placed the health, safety and care of families and individuals above all. I know she will bring that same attitude and fight and bipartisanship to this next step in her career. I wish her all the best, and I am excited to collaborate with her on DHFS issues in the future.”
Beginning her service in the Illinois House of Representatives, Bellock has risen in the ranks to become the first woman to serve as Deputy House Minority Leader. In 2017, she announced her plans to retire at the end of her term in 2018. In her new role, she will replace interim DHFS Director Teresa Hursey, who filled in following Felicia Norwood’s exit.
In her legislative career, she has dedicated special focus to health and human services and Medicaid. Most notably, she played a vital role in the creation and passage of the Save Medicaid Access and Resources Together (SMART) Act reforms of 2012.