The Arc of Illinois authors most of the disability legislation in Illinois. Progressive public policy
has a dramatic impact upon the lives of infants, children and adults with intellectual and
other developmental disabilities. Our ideas for new public policy mostly come from our
This past year our signature legislation was the Employment First bill recently signed into
law by Governor Quinn.

I would invite you to recommend to our Public Policy Committee possible new legislation for
our consideration. You can do so by sending me an email with your idea. It need not be a
formal recommendation just your thoughts and why:

Some of our other past legislative initiatives include:

1.     Elimination of “MR” Word from Illinois Statues.
2.     Prohibition of the Death Penalty for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.
3.     Cross-Disability Data-Base (PUNS Waiting List).
4.     Prohibition of Aversive Behavior Techniques in the Community.
5.     Age 22 Special Education.
6.     Special Education Transfer of Rights Age 18.
7.     Brittany’s Law!

Deadline is September 20, 2013

I invite you ideas and suggestions!

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)