Governor Quinn is strongly committed to rebalancing the disability system in Illinois. After his warm reception at The Arc/TAP Convention the Governor wanted a chance to tour a community organization and speak with some self-advocates. At the convention I happened to see a great session put on by SouthStar Services about how they integrate every aspect of their organization with self-advocacy. I was very impressed with the SouthStar culture and their efforts at true person-centered planning so it was a good opportunity for the Governor to visit SouthStar Services.
SouthStar Exec Dan Strick greeting Governor Quinn last Friday.

Part of the Governor’s tour.

Arc President Brian Rubin, the Governor and Tony

Tony & Karen Meyer

The last part of the morning ended with an interview of the Governor and me on his rebalancing initiative by Channel 7 News Reporter Karen Meyer. As I talked to the Governor, he continued to reaffirm his strong commitment to continue to close state institutions and invest in community services.

It was quite a morning for The Arc!

Tony Paulauski
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
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Frankfort, IL 60423
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