Arc Action Alert – Support Community

Last week the U.S. Federal Court issued a temporary restraining order that stops the transition of Murray Developmental Center residents moving into the community; a court hearing is scheduled for September 9th. Murray Center is scheduled to close at the end of October but this court ruling could slow down or even stop the closure!It is time to... Read more »

Arc Action Alert and Update on the State Institution Murray

We had two minor setbacks today in our fight for freedom and opportunity for people with disabilities.   We have worked for decades to rebalance the Illinois Disability System and thanks to Governor Quinn that is happening. At long last state institutions are closing and we are investing in community where everyone can live... Read more »

Arc Action Alert on Disability Budget Cuts and DSP Wages

Senate and House members are working to introduce a new state budget that will cut disability and other human services. The House Human Services Appropriations Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday, May 28that 8:00 a.m.We need you to contact your Senator and House Members today and tomorrow. ACTION     Your message: “Support the Governor’s Proposed... Read more »

Arc Action Alert on Rebalancing Call Today

Advocates for state institutions have introduced House Resolution 273 in an effort to keep the Murray Developmental Center open.We need you to contact your Representative in the House. House Resolution 2793 will be heard in the House Human Services Committee, Tuesday, May 28th at 8:00 a.m. This is especially important if your Representative is... Read more »

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 »