The Arc Files Amicus Briefs

The Arc’s advocacy is needed now more than ever! Sign up of our Action Alerts and fight for our civil rights! Tony Two important special education cases you need to know about! The Arc recently filed two amicus briefs on the rights of students with disabilities under the IDEA in Endrew F. v. Douglas (before The Supreme Court... Read more »

Arc Disability Policy Seminar

If there was ever a need to bring our advocacy to Washington D.C., this is the year! Tony The annual Disability Policy Seminar brings together advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with public policy experts and the staff of six hosting organizations who serve people with I/DD to go in-depth on pressing policy... Read more »

Arc and House Passes Stopgap Budget

The Illinois House of Representatives passed a Stopgap Budget for the last six months of this fiscal year by a vote of 63-49 yesterday. Senate Bill 2051 now goes to the Senate where it is likely to pass. The Governor is expected to veto SB 2051. In the Senate, a mega bill package of 12... Read more »

Arc and Illinois Senate hopes to stake out own budget position

Today, The Arc of Illinois Board of Directors meet. This will be my last board meeting with this great board who has shown me so much support over the years. Last week, we started rumors that the Senate staff was working on another state budget for the session this week. Details remain unknown. It is... Read more »

Arc Update

Today I’m in Chicago for a meeting with our new Exec Meg Cooch and the Director of the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities Kimberly Mercer-Schleider! Tomorrow we meet with our good friend Marco McCottry, Uber General Manager. We are delighted to let you know about two new staff joining The Arc Team! Olivia Sanchez is our... Read more »

Arc and Tony’s Picks for 2016

Tony’s Picks for 2016 2016 was a year of surprises and challenges for disability advocates. So here are my picks of the Top Ten Disability Issues for 2016! TRUMP ELECTION. No doubt the election of Donald Trump is the number one story of 2016. A businessman with no political experience is about to become our... Read more »

Arc and GOP zeroes in on changes to Medicaid

JUST IN! This morning on Morning Joe, Aid to President Elect Trump, Kellyanne Conway stated, ” The American people voted to repeal and replace Obama Care and block granting Medicaid to the states.” Join The Arc’s Action Center to advocate for disability supports and civil rights. Efforts are underway in Washington D.C. to repeal the... Read more »