The Arc of Illinois Update

We have been in Springfield this week talking about the many bills that could impact the lives of people with disabilities.  Next week is committee deadlines for the House (this week was the Senate) so I would expect it to be a busy week since it is a make or break time for many bills... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

This is a huge week to raise your voice as people with disabilities, families and community organizations in Springfield.  We have two more weeks until the committee deadline where bills will have to be voted out of committee in order to move forward this legislative session.  As advocates, we need to make calls to legislators... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update and Call for Stories!

We Need Your Voice and Your Story: As we move bills through the legislature, they often ask for us to testify or have people with disabilities and families share their experiences and the ways they would be impacted by bills. We are looking for: People who have had issues with Medicaid applications or re-determinations.  If you... Read more »

Action Alert

Call Your Legislators and Submit Witness Slips Today We are deep into the first part off the legislative session where there are a lot of bills to support and potentially oppose.  As a reminder, as an advocate, there are a number of opportunities to lend your experiences and voices to educate and move your legislators.... Read more »

Action Alert

Act Now: Tell Your Members of Congress: Fund the Money Follows the Person Program The future of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program that has helped more than 88,000 seniors and individuals with disabilities move out of nursing homes and institutions is in jeopardy! Background: MFP significantly improves the lives of older adults and people... Read more »

Arc of Illinois Update

Save the Date: March 13 for Legislative Breakfast with Disability Advocates in Springfield.  See here for the save the date.  More information to follow.  We have more than 40 new legislators so making new relationships and educating them is critical!  We have a number of exciting bills to talk about as well this session. Nominate Yourself or... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Governor JB Pritzker unveiled his budget officially earlier today.  He talked about the need to rethink spending priorities, address basic revenue issues and fulfill obligations around consent decrees. He said that he didn’t want to hollow out vital social services but wants to move away from programs that don’t work.  He mentioned an infrastructure bill... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Update

Today the Governor signed the minimum wage bill, increasing the minimum wage for most people to $15 by 2025.  We continue to advocate to ensure that the administration ensures that the staff crisis is also addressed by raising DSP wages ideally at least $5 higher than the minimum wage.  For more information, check out theydeservemore.com. Today... Read more »

Arc of Illinois Update

Events Don’t miss the many events coming up in your neighborhood.  You can always check out www.thearcofil.org/events. Arc/Self-Advocacy Alliance Regional Meetings for people with disabilities and families beginning Feb 26, Murphysboro; March 5, Galesburg; March 19, Springfield; March 20, Joliet; March 26, Arlington Heights.  Register here.  You will hear from the ISC, learn about self advocacy and... Read more »

Arc of Illinois Update

Pritzker Administration Publishes Transition Reports With Input From More Than 400 Illinoisans The Arc of Illinois offered recommendations to the transition policy staff as well as to the Healthy Children and Families and the Equality, Equity and Opportunity committees. Here is part of the press release and link to each of the reports.  You will... Read more »