Arc and New Ligas Evaluation Report

Today Ronnie Cohn Ligas Court Monitor will address The Arc’s Leadership Conference as well as Lori Baker and Secretary Dimas. Interestingly, a new report has been issued from the Institute for Disability and Human Development at UIC on the implementation of the Ligas Consent Decree. The report makes the following recommendations as a result of... Read more »

Arc Webinar Protecting Health Care, Medicaid, SSI and more

Arc Webinar Protecting Health Care, Medicaid, SSI and more – February 23rd The 115th Congress convened with many Members pushing for an ambitious agenda to repeal or cut many critical programs that people with disabilities rely on for their health and wellbeing.  Health care, Medicaid, and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program could all... Read more »

Arc Capitol Insider

Capitol Insider Action Alerts Act Now to Preserve Health Care for People with Disabilities and Seniors – NEW! Tell Us Your Affordable Care Act Story Major Recent Events Housing – Senate Committee Votes to Approve Carson Nomination On January 24, the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee voted unanimously to recommend that the full... Read more »

Arc and Illinois fails to support disability services, report finds

The Court Monitor will be a featured speaker at The Arc’s Annual Leadership Conference this week. Story from the Daily Herald below. Kim Zoller, CEO, Ray Graham is quoted. Tony Illinois fails to support disability services, report finds By KIANNAH SEPEDA-MILLER Associated Press SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A federal court monitor is criticizing Illinois for failing to... Read more »

Arc and Proposed laws aim to reform group homes for adults with disabilities

Interestingly, there is no effort to address the crisis in recruiting and retaining direct support professionals in any of these proposed laws. We will take a look at the proposed legislation. Both Secretary Dimas and Director Fenton will be featured speakers at The Arc’s Leadership Conference later this week at the Hilton in Lisle. Story... Read more »

Arc Action Alert

Act Now to Preserve Health Care for People with Disabilities and Seniors The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities is joining the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) to urge our members to participate in call-in days Tuesday, January 31 and Wednesday, February 1.  We hope you and your members will participate by calling your Senators... Read more »

Arc Executive Director Starts Today!

Welcome Meg Cooch as she becomes the next Executive Director of The Arc of Illinois today. I will assume the new role of Senior Adviser. Beyond assisting Meg on the transition to The Arc, I will continue to communicate to you for the next week. In addition to Meg’s transition, we have quite a busy... Read more »

Arc and Everything You Need To Know About Block Grants

In Illinois 50% of all community services are funded by Medicaid, day training, home-based services, CILA and more. Block granting Medicaid is the most serious threat we are facing in Washington D.C. Tony Everything You Need To Know About Block Grants By Shefali Luthra President Donald Trump’s administration made explicit this weekend its commitment to an... Read more »

Arc Honored in the Capitol

Words are hard to come by describing my feelings on Tuesday when the Illinois House recognized my many years of service advocating for individuals with disabilities. It has been a wonderful career at The Arc and I am deeply appreciative of your support. Here are some pictures of my day in the Capitol and the... Read more »