Celebrate the Olmstead Supreme Court Decision by Acting Today!

On June 22, The Arc of Illinois along with disability advocates across the country celebrate the 19th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision, which has forced states to offer opportunities to people with disabilities to live in the least restricted settings. On this day, we ask you to make TWO ACTIONS: 1) Join the... Read more »

The Arc Federal Update

Happy Friday!  Although we have been focused this week on Springfield, the federal government continues to make disability policy.  Check out this update from the Arc of the United States: for the week of May 29, 2018 Action Alert Did Your Representatives Vote to Protect SNAP? Major Recent Events Budget & Appropriations – Appropriations... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois State and Federal Update

New Member/Key Stakeholder Survey – Please fill out today.  Here is a word document for those who need greater accessibility. Take 7 minutes or less to help the Arc of Illinois in its future direction! FEDERAL ADVOCACY SNAP Vote Potentially This WEEK!  Call Your legislators now! You can click here to receive the contact number to... Read more »

Action Needed – Witness Slips & Follow Up from Executive Forum

Thanks to all those who joined last week’s Executive Forum!  Sorry about the late issues with the phone line. SAVE THE DATE – June 6 Executive Forum (Medicaid Managed Care) Following up from the Executive Forum: 1) Please send me a contact who might want to participate in a short term employment/subminimum wage discussion.  We... Read more »

Supported Employment Listening Sessions: Don’t miss!  Bloomington Next week!

What Are Barriers to Gaining Employment? Individuals with Disabilities and Families, please join us for: Supported Employment Listening and Learning Session April 11, 2018 9:30-11 am Marcfirst, 1606 Hunt Dr #1A, Normal, IL 61761 Participants will listen, learn and: Share your experience and talk about how to improve supported employment. Learn more about policy... Read more »

Action Alert: EMPOWER Act

Action Alert!  February 1 Call In Day! The EMPOWER Care Act Gets Individuals with Disabilities & Seniors Back Home S. 2227, the bipartisan EMPOWER Care Act introduced by Senators Portman (R-OH) and Cantwell (D-WA), extends and improves the Money Follows the Person program (MFP). First authorized by President Bush in 2005 with strong bipartisan support, MFP... Read more »

Below we have a federal and state update and save the dates! FEDERAL UPDATE Tax Bill Update The Conference committee is working on merging the House and Senate tax cut bills.  Although negotiations could wrap up at any time and a vote taken, we are hearing that we might have a week to advocate and... Read more »

Federal Update and Action Alert

Capitol Insider for the week of December 4, 2017 Action Alert Tax Bill Threatens Critical Programs – Act Now Major Events Ahead Budget & Appropriations/Tax Policy – House and Senate to Negotiate Differences Between Tax Bills That Would Harm People with Disabilities The House and Senate are scheduled to vote on moving forward with... Read more »

Urgent Action Need on Tax Bill

From the Arc of the United States! Tax Bill Threatens Critical Programs – Act Now Congress is expected to vote this week on a tax bill that will place critical programs for people with disabilities at great risk! The bill will reduce federal revenues so much that Congress is all but certain to move to... Read more »

Division Pushed Back ISC Notice of Funding Opportunity to FY2020

We commend the Division on Developmental Disabilities and Director Fenton for clarifying a new timeline for the re-bidding (notice of funding opportunity- known as NOFO) of independent service coordination (ISC) agency contracts until FY2020.  The Arc has been concerned that the NOFO potentially coming out this fall would be a distraction and cause significant confusion... Read more »