I am very pleased to inform you that our Employment First Legislation, House Bill 2591 flew out of the House Human Services Committee 14-0! Thanks to all of you who contacted your House members to support HB 2591. Your assistance is appreciated. House Bill 2591 now moves to the floor of the House of Representatives so you can still ask your House Representative to vote for HB 2591..We had over 30 legislators from all over the state at our Going Home Legislative Coffee! The Going Home Coalition supports the Governor’s Rebalancing Initiative and today’s coffee was to educate legislators about the importance of rebalancing the disability system and supporting people in the community. We believe everyone can live a full life in the community. Thanks to members of the Coalition who attended today but a special shout out to Veronica and Susan for sharing their stories about moving from institutions to community. They were the stars of the coffee for sure!

Join us for our next event, the Going Home Rally at the Capitol on Wednesday, April 10, 10:30 a.m., in Springfield!!!

Here are a a few pictures of the coffee, later when I get all of the pictures, I will post them so you can thank your legislator for attending!


Jack Lavin, Gov’s Chief of Staff   


 Susan & Veronica shared their powerful stories


Shirley Perez & Katherine Hamann 



Senate Republican Leader Radogno & Kim Morreale

Tony Paulauski
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
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