Action Alert:  Support Higher Wages for Workers! 

Please take action today to ensure that individuals and families can have access to a high quality workers and workers can have fair wages that reflect the importance of the work they do!  With much discussion of budgets and revenue packages this week, it is critical for our voices to be heard around the need... Read more »

Friday Arc of Illinois Update

Happy Friday!  This week included a productive meeting with Senator Steans yesterday to advocate on our legislative and budget issues and continued meetings with Arc chapters.  Below is the state and federal update as well as upcoming trainings and resources: STATE Senate Compromise? Next week we will be watching the Senate to see whether the... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Weekly Update

Governor Rauner’s Budget Proposal Update II As we reported, the Governor gave his budget address on Wednesday.  Below are some of the issues we have seen in reviewing the proposed budget .  The Governor’s address helped to highlight areas where he wants to see in order to support a possible Senate compromise bill.  The proposed... Read more »

The Arc and Governor Rauner’s State Budget Address

Today, the Governor introduced his third state budget. Here are some highlights from the Department of Human Services budget, which begins on page 309 of the 571 page book. Fiscal year 2017 funding allows DHS to continue to transition individuals to community settings from State Operated Mental Health Facilities and State Operated Developmental Centers. The... Read more »

A Special Message from Tony Paulauski

Yesterday was my last day at The Arc of Illinois. What an honor this has been for me. The Arc has enabled me to work with the best advocates across this great country and in Illinois. The Arc has allowed me to get to know you and advance our mission here in Illinois. Your faith... Read more »

Arc Update and Budget Week

Another busy week for The Arc with the Governor introducing his Budget Address on Wednesday. I am expecting the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget to be similar to last years budget proposal. However, it will be interesting to see if the Governor includes a wage increase for Direct Support Professionals because the Ligas attorneys meet with... Read more »

Arc and DRAFT Adult Waiver Renewal Application is posted for public comment

I strongly recommend that you share your comments. Tony The DRAFT Adult Waiver Renewal Application is posted for public comment on the Department of Healthcare and Family Services’ website. The draft application and a summary of major changes is also posted on the Department of Human Services’ website. Comments may be submitted via e-mail to... Read more »

Arc and Ligas Consent Decree is NOT Ending

Representative Robyn Gabel introduced our wage bill in the Illinois House of Representatives. The DSP Wage bill is House Bill 2960. Read it here. Ask your State Representative to become a co-sponsor of House Bill 2960. While legal advocates, the Court Monitor and The Arc has been saying for years now, that the Ligas Consent... Read more »

Arc Update

The first attempt to pass the “grand bargain” for a state failed yesterday in the Senate. It will be interesting to see if there are going to be any next steps. See story from the State Journal Register below. Senator Heather Steans has introduced Senate Bill 955 which will increase the DSP starting wage to... Read more »