Sept 6 Executive Forum

First, a quick note about the wage implementation.  The They Deserve More Coalition heard this week that DHS is still working on the emergency rule needed to go along with the wage increase and that we should hear something “soon” about implementation.  We are hearing that it will be an August 1 implementation start which... Read more »

Lunchtime Learning Webinar Series

Join The Arc of Illinois for a lunchtime learning opportunity! Our first lunchtime webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12th at noon, and will feature Corporation for Supportive Housing and the work they do to expand supportive housing for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Illinois. Who:                    The Arc of Illinois, Illinois Life Span... Read more »

Federal and State Update – Thank You for Your Advocacy!

State and Federal Update Quick update about this week’s Medicaid votes and Illinois special session.  For the latest news, please like us on Facebook  or follow up on Twitter as well.  Senate Healthcare Repeal/Replace Voted Down For Now Illinois Special Session *Mark your calendar for Sept 6 Executive Forum in Lisle!  Registration is open for the... Read more »

Keep Up the Fight! Update on Healthcare Bills

Today or early tomorrow, the Senate is expected to vote on the misnamed “Skinny Repeal”, which still is estimated might affect 15 million people.  The skinny repeal bill would remove the individual and employer mandates and roll back the tax on medical devices.  If it passes, one of two things could happen, the House could... Read more »

Healthcare vote expected today around 2 pm

Thanks to all who have advocated to Illinois Senators and beyond.  Today is the day that the Senate is expected to vote on a motion to proceed (MTP) to debate on at least one if not more healthcare repeal and replace bills.  It is still not clear what will be voted on but Senator McCain... Read more »

Save Medicaid – One More Time

Another Monday means another action alert.  However, we are hearing that a Senate vote is expected tomorrow on healthcare.  There a lot of pressure being applied on both sides in this fight, but WE CAN’T LOSE!  There will be a vote on a motion to proceed.  We want Senators to vote no.  Senator Collins from... Read more »

Arc Update – Healthcare Bills Defeated? & State Budget Implementation

State and Federal Update Here are some of the highlights and calls to action for this week.  For the latest news, check Facebook and Twitter. Illinois Budget Implementation and State Shake Up Medicaid- Healthcare Bill on Hold/Maybe Be Dead?! Request for Information Job Opportunity Upcoming Events Illinois Budget & Governor Shake Up Illinois Budget Follow Up Illinois... Read more »

FY18 Budget Debrief

Thank you again to all those who helped the They Deserve More campaign to fight for the wage increase.  As you know, the state budget included a 75 cent increase for direct support professionals and other front line staff working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Here is the BIMP language included in the budget... Read more »

IL Has a Budget!  

With the House’s vote to override the Governor’s veto of the three budget related bills, Illinois has a budget for FY18.  Included in this budget is a 75 cent wage increase for direct support professionals and funding for critical information, systems navigation, family support and other grant funding for people with disabilities.  Our community now... Read more »

State Budget Update

State Budget Update – We are almost there! Thank you for all your advocacy over the past week and really throughout the last year to try to push legislators and the Governor to negotiate a full year responsible budget.  We are almost there! ACTION: Call your House member to ask them to support this responsible... Read more »