Our friends at ADAPT are planning events in the Capitol today and Tuesday! I will be
heading down first thing on Tuesday. Make sure to make your calls to legislators in their
Springfield offices. This is the final week of the legislative session. Support our
advocacy efforts before it is too late!

Below is from Amber Smock.



Fight for the 5%! Monday Events Need Your Support!

Today, the Capitol will be open for business as usual (yes, on Memorial Day).
Tomorrow, at 10 am, the House Revenue and Finance Committee will hold a hearing.
HB 395, the 5% income tax bill, will be on the agenda.  We need people both in
Springfield and around the state to do everything they can.  Here are some
opportunities for which we need your support:

·      At 5 pm today in the Rotunda, the disability rights action group ADAPT is
convening a press conference to share the stories of people with disabilities and
workers who will be directly impacted by cuts and delays to home and community
based services.  We need people to attend the press conference to show support.
If you are interested in being involved in the press conference or getting the advisory,
please contact Gary Arnold of ADAPT at 773-425-2536 or garnold@accessliving.org.

·      At 8:30 pm on Monday on the steps of the east side of the Capitol, SEIU will hold
a candlelight vigil for the 5% income tax.  Again, speakers will include people directly
affected by not extending the 5%.  If you are interested into being involved, please
contact Scott Vogel at 773-329-5589.

·      At 10 am tomorrow, we will need as many supporters on hand at the Capitol to
hear the result of the committee vote on HB 395.

·      From now until 10 am tomorrow, please ask your members and colleagues to call
and email the offices of the following House members on the committee: John E.
Bradley, Michael J. Zalewski, David Harris, Barbara Flynn Currie, Marcus C. Evans, Jr.,
Frank J. Mautino, David McSweeney, Joe Sosnowski, Ed Sullivan, Jr., Arthur Turner.
If you go to this link, you can click on their names and find their contact info.  It’s ok to
leave a voicemail, but what is most important is getting lots of people to contact their

This is a very important moment in our struggle to make sure home and community
based services, and the whole social safety net, is protected for people who have no
other option. That is the definition of the safety net: it is there for you when all your
options run out.  Let’s go Illinois!

Tony Paulauski
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
815-464-1832 (OFFICE)
815-464-1832 (CELL)