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 »

Arc of Illinois Update

State News This week in Springfield committees begin meeting.  We are waiting for bill numbers for many the bills we are supporting as the Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB) that writes the language is behind.  However, there are scheduled committee hearings this week with bills posted to the committees.  We will see whether they will be... Read more »

Arc of Illinois Update

State Legislative Session Begins Session began this week with the organizing of committees.  However yesterday, the Senate Labor Committee held a subject matter hearing on SB1, which would raise the minimum wage in the state to $15 per hour.  There is debate about the implementation time line of four, five or more years.  They Deserve... Read more »

Executive Forum Leadership Conference

Join us February 6 – 7, 2019 for the Arc Executive Forum Leadership Conference. We have a wonderful lineup of speakers and topics covered over this two day conference.   See below for details: February 6, 2019 -The Arc of Illinois Executive Director, Meg Cooch, will welcome attendees and provide updates on State & National... Read more »

QIDP Training Opportunity

17th Annual QIDP Leadership Conference – January 29, 2019 8:30 – 10:15 a.m. – “Building Community Through Social Capital”  Presented by Al Condeluci, Ph.D. All individuals with disabilities and their family members (as well as professionals who are involved with the family) are interested in seeing themselves or their son/daughter/relative be successful in life.  In fact,... Read more »

Join us for the January 2019 Monthly Webinar – Living in My New House!

Please register for Illinois Life Span Program of The Arc of Illinois Monthly Lunchtime Webinar – Living in My New House! on Jan 8, 2019 12:00 PM CST at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4693032681793593089 Samantha (Sam) Kichline is a young 28 year old woman who was selected from the PUNS waiting list in 2012. She moved from her parents’... Read more »

Arc Executive Leadership Conference – February 6 – 7, 2019, Lisle

Join us Feb 6-7 at the Hilton Lisle for the Arc’s Executive Leadership Conference.  We have TWO FULL DAYS of exciting speakers this year.  Please note that the agenda is subject to change based on administration appointments and invitations. Click here for the schedule of speakers.  We hope you will join us!  Best, Meg Meg Cooch... Read more »