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Advocacy

The Arc of Illinois advocates to increase investment in community-based supports and transform the intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) service system by championing quality services, empowerment, and equality for all people with IDD, their families, and those who support them.

Each year, The Arc of Illinois surveys our membership to inform our public policy priorities which are developed by the Public Policy Committee. The Arc uses these priorities to guide our legislative advocacy which includes participation in advocacy meetings with members of the Illinois General Assembly and providing testimony to committees.

Everyone’s voice is needed to make meaningful change in Illinois. Join us!  

Join our Legislative Advocacy Webinar Series!

Through topics ranging from how a bill becomes a law, to crafting an elevator speech, and how to become an election judge, we hope to empower you to advocate!

Interested in learning more about the Dignity in Pay Act?

The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities created a one-pager debunking the myths about how work impacts benefits.


Key Coalitions

Advocacy Staff

Amie Lulinski, Executive Director

Amie Lulinski is Executive Director of The Arc of Illinois, building on more than 25 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.

Sabrina Wyman, Legislative Advocacy Coordinator

Sabrina is the Legislative Advocacy Coordinator for The Arc of Illinois. Sabrina has a passion for advocating, ignited at a young age when they became the older sibling to Rachel, who has Down syndrome as an attribute. Sabrina has diverse experience in local, state, and federal politics ranging from health and education legislative policy, campaigning, and working with elected officials’ district offices for outreach events to improve voter turnout. Paired with becoming disabled as a young adult, Sabrina is passionate about policy that supports people with disabilities. 

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