Arc Action Alert on Direct Support Staff Wages

This week Tuesday & Wednesday, advocates will be connecting with legislators in the Capitol to increase wages for Direct Care Support Staff.   Below are the legislators in the House & Senate Appropriations who will be holding hearings on Director Care Support Staff Wages with links to their websites so you can communicate with... Read more »

Action Required for Direct Support Staff Wage Initiative

Direct Support Staff Wage Initiative Activities for Next Week   May 14 – The lobby day in the Capitol.  Many Coalition members are sending staff to discuss support for the Wage Initiative Senate Bill 1413 with their Senators and Representatives. See talking points below. I encourage your organization to participate in this lobby day.... Read more »

Arc Alert on Employment First Legislation

My previous mail to you has the wrong bill number for the Employment First Legislation. That is corrected in this email to you. Please support House Bill 2591.I am on my way to the Capitol for the next few days to seek support for House Bill 2591 which would make Illinois an Employment First... Read more »

Arc Urgent Action Alert

Now, the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Board will take up the closure of the Jacksonville Development Center on October 30-31 in Bollingbrook. They are receiving lots of letters from Jacksonville to keep the Center open. The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Board will accept letters until October 10th.I need you to activate your... Read more »

Arc Legislative Update

I am meeting with Nancy Webster, Vice President of the Arc of the United States today!Here is a legislative update from Phil Milsk our Govermental Affairs Consultant. We are extremely concerned about the major cuts to Medicaid health care that was passed by the General Assembly last week. Tony Obviously you... Read more »

Arc Budget Summary and Call to Action

It was very strange the way the House Human Services Appropriations Committee convened, then immediately adjourned, without taking any action on the Dept. of Human Services budget. We will find out more today. Staff at the Division of Developmental Disabilities learned about the House budget proposal just before the committee hearing.... Read more »

Arc Action Alert

The Illinois House of Representatives goes into session at noon today, Monday, for what will be the final week of the legislative session. This is our last best effort to rebalance the disability system. The Senate got cold feet and voted to fund state institutions. We cannot let this happen in... Read more »

Arc Urgent Action Alert – Call Today

    This is the same awful bill that would make it impossible to close any state institutions is in the Senate just a different number!   Call your Senators in Springfield and ask them to “Vote no on HB 1157, Senate Amendment # 2. Everyone deserves a full life in the community.”    If... Read more »

Arc Action Alert – Call Today!

I need you to call today! The following legislators will be voting to close Murray Developmental Center on Tuesday, May 1st. Each of them is considering keeping that state institution open unless they hear from you. Is any of these legislators represent your area or you know them, please call them and... Read more »