Arc and Value The Work Override Materials

The Value the Work Coalition has developed many excellent materials and an outline of activities as we fight for just wages for Direct Support Professionals. We are almost there! Please review and take action on the activities and events outlined below. Included in these materials are: Campaign Activities CEO Activities Finding & Emailing Your State... Read more »

Arc and  Override Action Needed

We are going for a veto override in November and we need you! That is the decision of the Value the Work Coalition. After conferring with our House Sponsor Robin Gable and Senate Sponsor Heather Steans the Coalition fully supports an override of the Governor’s veto of House Bill 5931. HB 5931 will raise the... Read more »

Arc and Send Us Your Legislative Recommendations

The Arc of Illinois authors most of the disability legislation in Illinois. Progressive public policy has a dramatic impact upon the lives of infants, children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Our ideas for new public policy mostly come from our members. I would invite you to recommend to our Public Policy Committee... Read more »

Arc and Affordable Housing Opportunity

Here is an opportunity to learn more about affordable housing as another choice in housing for individuals with disabilities. We need more options. Tony Statewide Referral Network, Section 811 and You Calling all case managers, care coordinators, housing locators and transition coordinators. Join us for the Statewide Referral Network, Section 811 and You webinar. Learn... Read more »

Arc and Motion Filed to Continue DD Payments

I wanted to share this important information with you before I start my vacation. The memo below is from Barry Taylor about the continuation of payments for developmental disability services into Fiscal Year 2017. Certainly good news! Read the motion here. Tony Just wanted to let you know that yesterday we filed a joint motion... Read more »

Arc Again and DDD Town Hall Webinar

Division of Developmental Disabilities Town Hall Webinar June 23, 2016, 1 to 3 p.m. The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) values communication with the people and families we serve.  In order to hear from you, the Division will host a webinar on June 23, 2016 from 1 to 3 p.m.   The webinar will be... Read more »

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 »