House Republican Leader Jim Durkin met with some former residents of state and other
institutions who are now living a full life in the community. The individuals showed
Leader Durkin their own apartments and talked about their lives in the community and
how much different it was than living in an institution.

Special thanks to the individuals at the Individual Advocacy Group (IAG) who opened
their homes up for Leader Durkin. I also appreciate the advocacy of Dr. Charlene
Bennett, President and Executive Director of IAG, and Dr. David Brooks, Chief
Executive Officer of IAG for making this visit possible.

Here are some great pictures of that visit.


Arc Board Member Bob Petersen & Leader Durkin talking about community

Marie enjoyed meeting Rep. Jim Durkin and told him she loves her

Eric and John are two good friends who share an apartment and enjoyed
telling Rep. Jim Durkin all about it!

Leader Durkin talks with Katherine Hamann, Director of The Arc’s Family
Transition Project. Katherines’ sister used to live in a state institution.

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)