So What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
The state of Illinois seems to have at least one commonsense individual running for political office. Barbara Bellar is a former nun, Army officer, physician, lawyer, and newly minted politician. This lady’s list of career accomplishments is astounding.
Barbara Bellar was born and raised on the Southwest side of Chicago, both her parents were born in Illinois, as well as her 3 sisters and 1 brother. She attended St. Joseph and St. Anne grammar school, followed by two years at Kelly High school and then graduated from Lourdes High School. She worked for 4 years at Illinois Bell Telephone Co. before entering the convent to become a Benedictine Nun. Subsequently, she pursued her undergraduate education at Mundelein College/Loyola University, completing a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Biology.
She worked in endocrinology research at both the University of Chicago, and Loyola University while receiving her Teacher’s Certification, and then completing a B.H.S. as a Physician Assistant. Continuing on her path of working and studying, she completed Medical School and an Intern year at New York Medical College and then completed a Family Practice Residency at University of Illinois.
She continued working full-time and completed her law degree at both St. Louis University and John Marshall Law School. While working full-time as a physician, she recently completed a Master’s degree in Bioethics and Healthy Policy at Loyola, and is currently completing another Master’s in Public Health.
During these years she also had the privilege of being a member of the Army Reserves and is a Veteran Army Major and has been adjunct teaching faculty at DePaul University, and continues regularly as adjunct faculty at Benedictine University, teaching “Ethical and Political Issues in Public Health”.