SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Retiring State Rep. Patricia Bellock is taking over as the director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
In a news release, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the appointment of the Hinsdale Republican, who announced last year that she wouldn't seek another term in the Illinois House after nearly two decades in office.
Rauner praised Bellock as one of the leading advocates in the General Assembly for Medicaid, health care and social services — all areas she will oversee as head of the DHFS.
Rauner's release noted that Bellock has spearheaded a number of bills related to health care and once served as the chairperson of the Medicaid Reform, Family & Children Committee under House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Bellock's appointment is effective July 11.