Arc Update on Rally and 700 Coming Off Waiting List
CARE CAMPAIGN: Don’t forget to send your emails to Governor Quinn again today
All emails should be addressed to: Pat.Quinn@Illinois.gov
Although we encourage everyone to write their own message, they may wish to take
information from the following one that we used in the postcard campaign:
The State of Illinois has delegated its responsibility to provide care for more than 23,000
individuals with developmental disabilities to nonprofit agencies. But state funding to these
service providers has not increased for six years now. As a result, dedicated employees
earn average wages of just $9.35 per hour – 21% below the poverty level for a family of
four. I urge you to include funding in your FY 15 budget plan for a $1/hour wage increase
for these employees and to support HB3698/SB2604 to set our state on a path to lift them
out of poverty.
Going Home Day In The Capitol: We have about 300 people coming to our Day in the
Capitol on Wednesday. We encourage you to get there early to register, 9:30 is
recommended. Here is the agenda!
Going Home Advocacy Day
Schedule of Events
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Illinois State Capitol, Springfield, Illinois
9:30 a.m. Registration in Rotunda
10:30 a.m. Going Home Rally in Rotunda
Chuy Campuzano, Access Living
Tony Paulauski, The Arc of Illinois
Sheila Romano, Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities
Amy Foster, Self-Advocate
Vincent Smith, Self-Advocate
Katherine Hamann, Sister of Self-Advocate
Krescene Beck, Illinois Self-Advocacy Alliance
11:15 a.m. Boxed Lunch Pick-up in South Hall
700 TO COME OFF WAITING LIST: The names have been drawn and letters will be
mailed shortly. If you or someone you know gets a letter and they want some good advice,
have them call The Arc for assistance.
1115 WAIVER: The waiver is still being drafted and has not yet been submitted.
This is good news for advocates because now the waiver will be required to follow the new
CMS Rules for community living and day services/supports.
Tony Paulauski Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423