The Arc of Illinois Update

Budget Action! The Budgeteers are meeting right now to determine if there will be a budget agreement this year.  Please call or send a message to every member of the budget group right now. Ask them to pass a state budget before the end of May! AND support in budget negotiations the inclusion of: Wage... Read more »

The Arc Update – Action Alert and State and Federal Updates

Tell Congress to Keep Its Hands Off SNAP Access to nutritious food for millions of people in the U.S. is at risk Last week the U.S. House of Representatives defeated H.R. 2 (the Agriculture & Nutrition Act of 2018, or “Farm Bill”) that would have cut off or reduced basic food assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois State and Federal Update

New Member/Key Stakeholder Survey – Please fill out today.  Here is a word document for those who need greater accessibility. Take 7 minutes or less to help the Arc of Illinois in its future direction! FEDERAL ADVOCACY SNAP Vote Potentially This WEEK!  Call Your legislators now! You can click here to receive the contact number to... Read more »

CILA and SODC Scorecards officially goes live tomorrow 

The CILA Scorecard and SODC Scorecard will go live tomorrow. Here is the letter released yesterday from Secretary Dimas. Today – please submit a witness slip IN SUPPORT for the following bills: SB2424 – Diversion from Facilities, bearing May 16, 8 am House Human Services. Here is the link to fill out a witness slip. SB3237 – Expands and clarifies OIG appeal rights for people... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Legislative Update

Don’t Miss! May 3 DSP Shortage: Know Your Options.  It is free for families and CEUs are offered for professionals. Click here for the full brochure, Click here to register online State Legislative Session Thanks also to all those who have spoken up, sent witness slips, call their legislators this session.  It has been a busy one and... Read more »

Addition! Arc of Illinois Update

Convention Thank you to all who participated in the 68th Annual Arc Convention this week.  We have more than 300 people attending and additional vendors, speakers and sponsors.  It was two great days of laughs, networking and learning.  Here are some photos to provide it!  Congratulations to all the award winners! May 3 – Don’t... Read more »

Arc Springfield Update and Call to Action Today!

The crazy Committee Deadline week continues. TODAY – Please support the following bills by submitting witness slips.  For those family members, individuals and advocates not affiliated with an organization, you can either describe yourself (self-advocate, concerned parent, advocate etc). HB5163 – Community Care for Persons with Disabilities Act –  CLICK HERE to submit a witness slip in support... Read more »

Action Needed – Witness Slips & Follow Up from Executive Forum

Thanks to all those who joined last week’s Executive Forum!  Sorry about the late issues with the phone line. SAVE THE DATE – June 6 Executive Forum (Medicaid Managed Care) Following up from the Executive Forum: 1) Please send me a contact who might want to participate in a short term employment/subminimum wage discussion.  We... Read more »

Arc Action Alert!  Protect Access to SNAP Benefits

Disability Activist Alert Tell the USDA: Don’t Cut Off Our Food Assistance! Action needed by Monday, April 9, 2018 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is collecting comments on whether it should make changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that will lead to people losing food and nutrition assistance. Roughly 1 in 4... Read more »