State Budget Update 7/3/2017

Happy 4th of July!  For those who were not sitting on pins and needles yesterday, I wanted to share a good summary of the votes in the House and encourage folks to email/call their House members who supported these bills to say THANK YOU and keep it up. Bills passed the House yesterday and head... Read more »

Federal Update/Action

Happy Fourth of July!  As we head off to celebrate Independence Day, we hope that everyone will take this week to speak up to legislators.  Call, email, social media or stop by their local offices. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT FOR THE INDEPENDENCE OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ON THIS JULY 4! Background... Read more »

State Budget Update 6-30-2017

Happy Fourth of July!  There is so much going on between the state and federal level, I split this email into do.  This is the State Budget Policy Edition! As everyone knows, we are wrapping the official special session for the state legislature, called by Governor Rauner at little more than a week ago.  Moody’s... Read more »

Federal and State Policy Updates

State and Federal Update Here are some of the highlights and calls to action for this week.  For the latest news, please like us on Facebook as well.  Illinois Special Session Senate Releases Bill – Bigger Proposed Cuts to Medicaid Comment on the Adult Services Waiver Upcoming Events Illinois Special Session We are wrapping up... Read more »

Help the Arc’s Strategic Road Map!  

Happy Monday!  The Arc of Illinois is creating a new strategic road map for growth.  We need your voice to help direct both the Arc’s work and the Executive Forum’s direction.  Please take few minutes to provide us with feedback. Click here for the brief survey. Please save the date Sept 6 for our next... Read more »

Happy Anniversary Olmstead! Protect Medicaid Now!

Happy 18th Anniversary to the Olmstead Supreme Court Decision – June 22, 1999.  This decision which stated that individuals with disabilities have the right to live in the least restricted setting possible has allowed for many states to shift away from larger institutional settings and provide many more options for people to live, work and... Read more »

The Arc Weekly News

The Arc of Illinois Weekly Update Here are some of the highlights and calls to action for this week.  For the latest news, please like us on Facebook as well.  Illinois Special Session Illinois Medicaid Managed Care – Delay in Announcing Awardees Senate Secrecy Problem on Healthcare – Medicaid Action Needed Resources Upcoming Events ... Read more »

June 6 – Medicaid Day of Action

Join The Arc June 6 For Medicaid Day of Advocacy We are hearing that the Senate might consider a revised version of the American Health Care Act, which will CUT AND CAP MEDICAID by more than $800 million before the August Recess.  This means we need to keep up the pressure, stories, social media and... Read more »

Don’t Cut Our Care Rally – Save the Date

Another exciting week in Illinois!  Thanks to Michael Ganz and the Arc of the Quad Cities for hosting me today.  I am headed to Rockford tomorrow to meet with new board member, Kate Nelson, and Amy Newell from the Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogles Counties. Tomorrow is the last official day of session –... Read more »

Support Community Living Today!

Today, 300 advocates are coming to the Capitol to speak up for community living, rebalancing the I/DD service system and supporting investment into the service system including increasing wages. Even if you can’t be in Springfield today, you can still support! 1) Share what community living means to you and your family on Facebook, Twitter... Read more »