Arc Update on Mabley Hearing and New State of the States Ranking

Shirley Perez, Executive Director of the Family Support Network and I met with State Senator Heather Steans on Tuesday. Senator Steans is a strong supporter of community services and Chairperson of the Senate Appropriations Committee. This committee reviews the Dept. of Human Services Budget, so the Senator and the committee are key to our important... Read more »

Arc Action Alert on Mabley

 Please forward widely to other advocates for community. URGENT ACTION NEEDED!  Call today to make sure Illinois closes Mabley Developmental Center! This is what fighting the institutional bias looks like! Recently, Governor Quinn announced that Mabley Developmental Center would be one of the state facilities closing due to budget cuts.  This is also in... Read more »

Arc and Jacksonville Heating Up

    As you can see by these two stories the Governor’s decision to close Mabley and Jacksonville is really begining to heat up. Tony Quinn makes idle threats to close facilities   By Jim Nowlan   Gov. Pat Quinn has threatened in a press conference to close seven Illinois state facilities, including two... Read more »

Arc Update and IL Budget Deficit

             Leaders in The Arc:   Last Friday, I met with Rep Chris Nybo in Lombard to discuss disability issues. Rep Nybo has a Disability Advisory Committee which I spoke to earlier this summer. He has great interest in disability issues and would like to work with The Arc whenever possible. Here is... Read more »

Arc and Now There Are 14 States Without Institutions

    When I was in Denver for our national convention, I had the pleasure of seeing David Braddock’s Keynote Presentation, “Challenges in Developmental Disabilities. This was one of David’s best presentations in my opinion and he has had many. It was rich in data and a real call to action. One of his... Read more »

Arc Update on the Closing of Mabley and Jacksonville

    Leaders in The Arc:   Once again we are faced with the closing of state institutions. This time the Governor has decided to close Mabley in Dixon and the Jacksonville Developmental Center. Lincoln was closed in 2002. Last year, Howe was closed. The number of people living in Illinois state institutions continues to... Read more »

Arc Action Alert on Combating Autism Bill

        Leaders in The Arc:   This is an important bill related to developmental disabilities as well as autism and the LEND Program at the Institute for Disability & Human Development at UIC! I was briefed on this bill at our national convention last week.  We need Senator Kirk and Durbin... Read more »

Arc and DHS Indirect Cost Link

  Leaders in The Arc:   Phil Milsk represented The Arc on the CSA Workgroup. I just discovered that this information has not been sent to you by DHS! Let me know your thoughts. Tony Paulauski The Arc of Illinois Dear CSA Workgroup: Thank you all again for partnering with us to get the last... Read more »

Arc US Convention Review

Leaders in The Arc: It was a busy and productive Arc Convention in Denver this past weekend. Our Illinois Delegation was very active with presentations and awards! Nancy Webster, a Past President of The Arc of Illinois, is now Vice President of The Arc. I attended “Building The Arc’s Organizing & Advocacy Capacity” to learn... Read more »

Arc Health Care Reform Seminar

  Leaders in The Arc:   Plan to join us on Thursday, October 6, 2011, for a very informative seminar, “Update on Health Care Reform for Children with Special Needs”, featuring prominent national, state and local speakers. Implementation and state-level planning of the Affordable Care Act is now underway. Learn more about health coverage changes... Read more »