Arc and State of the State

Governor Rauner’s “State of the State” address offered nothing new as he urged lawmakers to come together to negotiate a balanced  budget. He applauded efforts in the Senate attempting to do exactly that. The Governor  stated we have a “moral obligation” to fix Illinois. His only reference to people with disabilities was, “Years of irresponsible... Read more »

Arc and New Administration Policies will Impact People With Disabilities

Heading over to the Capitol. The Senate is considering their grand bargain budget package today but may not vote on it. Important story from the ACLU below. Join the Disability Advocacy Network today! Tony Don’t Underestimate the Catastrophic Impact That the Trump Administration’s Policies Will Have on People With Disabilities ania Leveille, Senior Legislative Counsel... Read more »

Arc Update

Today, I am heading to the Capitol for what could be my last trip as your Executive Director and it will be a big week in Springfield. The Senate is expected to run a major package of spending and revenue bills in an attempt to craft a state budget. We do not know if the... Read more »

Arc Update

DSP WAGES. Last Thursday, our coalition addressing the crisis in retaining and recruiting direct care professionals met to discuss next steps. We will reintroduce legislation to increase the starting wage to $15.00 per hour. We will continue to have within the bill language that is very comprehensive defining who is covered in the bill. We... Read more »

Arc and Ligas Court Monitors Report Finds Noncompliance Again

For the second year in a row, the Ligas Court Monitor has found the state in noncompliance with the Ligas Consent Decree on quality services and DSP staffing crisis. Quality of services/supports now becomes a new and important area of concern in this report. From the 5th Annual Report “DHS has not provided to the... Read more »

Arc and Senate Leaders Push for Budget Plan

Meg and I are heading to Chicago today for a meeting with Secretary Dimas and Greg Bassi, Special Council to Governor Rauner. The agenda includes: Medicaid Block Grants, DSP turnover, rebalancing and more. Next week the Senate will move a budget plan that may end the gridlock over the state budget. It is good to... Read more »

Arc and ISC Performance Contracting Plan

From Director Fenton. Tony ISC Performance Contracting Plan As you are already aware, the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) will seek competitive proposals for the Independent Service Coordination (ISC) agencies for FY19. The competitive proposal announcement will be posted as a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) under the Grant Accountability... Read more »

Arc Update

This will be an active week for The Arc and other advocates. The Court Monitor is scheduled to release the 5th Annual Report to the court on compliance to the consent decree. We already know there will be another noncompliance finding on the ability to retain and hire direct support professionals. I certainly wonder if... Read more »

Arc on Obama Care

It is happening! I told you right after the election that the dismantling of the disability system nationwide is very real and it will begin with the gutting of the Affordable Care Act. Well it started in the wee hours of Wednesday evening in Washington D.C. and is moving forward in the U.S. House and... Read more »