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 »

Arc Capitol Insider

On my way to the Capitol for the Governor’s Budget Address. Tony Capitol Insider  Action Needed Budget and Appropriations – Sign-On Letters for Organizations to Support Federal Funding Congress will soon decide how to divide its available spending for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 among its 12 appropriations subcommittees (see following article for more details).... Read more »

Arc and State of OUR State Rally

Join the Responsible Budget Coalition for a major rally in the Capitol! Tony State of OUR State Rally including the delivery of the State of OUR State Report to the Governor and Lawmakers Wednesday, Jan. 27th, 11:00AM Illinois State Capitol 301 S 2nd Street, Springfield, IL 62707 READ MORE DETAILS Tony Paulauski Executive Director The Arc of Illinois 20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209 Frankfort, IL 60423 815-464-1832 (OFFICE)

Arc and New Draft HCBS Transition Plan

Advocates will once again want to provide written comments on the revised Home & Community Based Statewide Transition Plan. A little background, CMS has published new rules governing home and community based services/supports. They are a long time in coming and supported by The Arc. The new rules stress person-centered planning, employment and community inclusion.... Read more »

Arc Action Alert on Home Services

Many people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities would lose their services if the Governor does not sign House Bill 2482. Please respond today to this Action Alert. See details below. Tony Dear Access Living friends and allies, Please share. We have received clarification that the Governor must take action on House Bill 2482... Read more »

Arc Capitol Insider

Capitol Insider Action Alert The Arc Action Alert: Parents of Children with Disabilities Should Have Paid Sick Leave Major Event Ahead Miscellaneous – Senate to Hold Hearing on “Welfare and Poverty in America” On Thursday, the Senate Committee on Finance will hold a hearing on “Welfare and Poverty in America.” Witnesses will... Read more »