New Arc Action Alert

Tuesday, the Senate Human Services Committee passed our DSP Wage Bill House Bill 5931 by a vote of 6 yes and 3 no. See how your Senator voted. House Bill 5931 now moves to the Senate and will be voted upon shortly. We are very close to sending this bill to the Governor so I... Read more »

Arc Action Alert

As you are already aware, The Arc is working with a larger coalition of State Associations and AFSCME to increase Direct Support Professionals starting wage to $15.00. Last week the Illinois House of Representatives passed House Bill 5931 by a vote of 67 yes and 43 no. See how your legislator voted. According to Senator... Read more »

Arc and Governor Mum on Ideas for Budget

Legislators return to the Capitol today to consider the Fair Tax amendment and state budget. Could this be the week? Do you think legislators would vote for a tax increase in an election year? You should ask your legislators to support and vote for  HJRCA 59 and SJRCA 1 this week. Interesting story from today’s... Read more »

Arc Action Alert on DSP Wages

Okay folks the time to act is now! This is the vote we have been waiting for! This bill will increase DSP wages to $15.00 and all other staff including QIDP, nurses and others. Issue – Representative Robyn Gabel will Call HB 5931 – DSP Living Wage Bill THIS WEEK for A Vote in the... Read more »

Arc and Coalition Calls for Immediate Action to Address DSP Crisis

Okay folks we need to step it up! We have had two Regional Meetings on the DSP Crisis with decent but limited attendance. We can do better! I am please to report that over 2,500 witness slips have been submitted to support the DSP Wage Legislation! It is time to submit the Data Requested from ICF... Read more »

Arc Update and Action Needed on DSP Wage Legislation 

First and foremost, providers must complete the financial report Ligas attorneys have requested. Here is a link to the report: Data Requested from ICF and CILA Providers Regarding Rates. Get it in as soon as possible! On Friday, attorneys for the Ligas Consent Decree held a webinar for providers on the importance of increasing rates... Read more »

Arc Action Alert on DSP Wage Legislation Again

Raise the Wage Alert Take Action Now! i am very pleased to inform you that we now have a hearing for our Direct Support Professional Wage Bill in the House Appropriations Human Services Committee on Wednesday, Apr 13th, 10:00 a.m., Capitol Building Room 114 Springfield. Please submit a witness slip as a proponent for House... Read more »

Arc Action Alert on DSP Wage Legislation

Raise the Wage Alert Take Action Now! The Senate Human Services Committee is meeting on Tuesday (April 12) in Room 409 of the Capitol with Senate Bill 2952 (DSP Wage Bill)  is the only order of business at this time.  This is the senate version of the $15.00 per hour wage bill for Direct Service... Read more »

Arc Action Alert

On Tuesday both the House and Senate will consider bills that in my opinion .takes the disability service system in the opposite direction we should be going in Illinois. The proposed legislation is House Bill 6304 and Senate Bill 2610. The movement is toward integrated community living and activities, including employment, person centered services that... Read more »

Arc and We Have A Senate Bill

Senator Heather Steans has filed Senate Bill 2952 which will increase base wage for Direct Care Professionals to $15.00. Senator Steans You can now ask you State Senator to become a co-sponsor for SB 2952. Tony Senate Bill 2952 Amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act and the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides... Read more »