It is with very mixed emotions that I  confirm my decision to step down from my position
as Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities in Illinois.  My last day will be
Friday, March 13.

I am immensely proud of what has been achieved in these last few years, and I am
tremendously grateful that I have been able to play a part.

Although there is still  much progress to be made in Illinois for persons with
developmental disabilities, I believe that the person-centered approach is making a
real difference and is changing the  landscape for the better.

I sincerely thank  the DD advocacy community  for your commitment to the work we
do.   Each and every person in this community  is making a direct and invaluable
contribution to improving lives and programs for individuals with cognitive challenges.
It has been a true privilege to work with such a committed, diverse and talented group
of advocates.

I leave knowing that you will continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of
people with disabilities.  Working in Illinois’ DHS has been challenging at times but
extremely meaningful.  I was born, raised, educated and started my career in Illinois.
I have enjoyed being back in the Land of Lincoln and there is a good deal I will miss –
especially the people.  I wish you the best.

Yours sincerely,

Kevin Casey

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)