Oh my gosh, am I paying for going on vacation! 
Living a Full Life in the Community

Picture of Eddie and Bob

Eddie moved out of Jacksonville and now lives in Springfield. I shared with you a story of Eddie at the Governor’s State of the State address where the Governor recognized Eddie and invited him to a reception after the address. Eddie had a terrific day thanks to the Governor! Here is a news story of Eddy’s and his new life in the community:
Former JDC Resident Thriving in Communty

This is a great video! Less than one year ago, David Sturgis resided at the Jacksonville Developmental Center (JDC) in downstate Illinois. Today, thanks to Governor Quinn’s rebalancing initiative, David is working at the Chicago Auto Show, a carwash and enjoying life in his new home. David is one of 19-people living with support from Seguin Services in Cicero that transferred from JDC in 2012. He is just one of many success stories being lived due to the state of Illinois making a commitment to close state institutions and invest in providing people with developmental and intellectual disabilities the opportunity to live in a community of choice. View this video of David’s at the Chicago Auto Show:https://www.facebook.com/GoingHomeLifeintheCommunity?ref=ts&fref=ts#!/photo.php?v=10200649773394818&set=vb.190722471042891&type=2&theater
Arc Annual Convention
The Arc’s Annual Convention will take place April 24-25 at the Hilton in Lisle. This year’s theme is “Living A Full Life!” Featured national speakers include:
v David Michael Mank, Ph.D., “Aligning What We Do with What We Know for Employment of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.”
v Mike Mayer, “Business as Unusual: Building Five-Star Futures!”
v Nancy Thaler, “The Health Care Reform Agenda Combined with Fiscal Pressures: What Does the Future Hold?”
For the full program of events, registration and hotel rooms go to: The Arc Annual Convention, Living A Full Life!
Employment Opportunity
Autism Speaks Chicagoland Executive Director. Please share with other advocates.
Murray Closure Committee
The process to close Murray is beginning. The first meeting of the Murray Closure Committee will be on Thursday, March 7, 4:00 p.m. on the Murray Developmental Center Campus, 1335 W. McCord, Centralia, IL 62801. 

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)