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Advocacy

The Arc of Illinois’ coalition of people with disabilities, families and community organizations advocate each year at the state level to increase investment in community living options and transform the services and supports system. We need every person’s voice to make real change in Illinois. Each year the Arc asks stakeholders to participate in a public policy agenda setting process. Arc leaders participate in legislative meetings, testify at hearings, submit testimony and rally in Springfield. Join us today!

Key Coalitions

Advocacy Staff

Meg Cooch, Executive Director

Meg

Meg Cooch is Executive Director of The Arc of Illinois, building on more than 20 years of local, state and federal policy and advocacy work with people with disabilities, families and community organizations.

Phil Milsk, Lobbyist Consultant

Phil

Lawyer in private practice and governmental relations consultant. Lives in New Lenox with wife and adult sons. Graduate of University of Illinois-Chicago and DePaul College of Law. Spent over 20 years as a civil legal services attorney in Chicago and downstate.

Nafia Lee, Going Home Coalition Manager

Nafia

Nafia Lee is the Going Home Coalition Manger at The Arc of Illinois, where she brings her passion for community organizing to advocate for the rights of all people to live, work, play and love in their communities. Her personal hobbies include Zumba, entertaining her toddler and writing her first novel – a memoir

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