Trump Budget Blueprint Released

An action alert will come out later today to keep fighting to protect Medicaid and critical provisions of the Affordable Care Act that would be cut through the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which is being heard this week in the House Budget Committee.  It is expected that the full House will vote next week... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Weekly Update – March 3, 2017

The Arc of Illinois Weekly Update Happy Developmental Disability Awareness Month!  Now more than ever, individuals, families and service providers need to come together to advocate at the state and national level for community living.  This has been a busy week for intellectual and developmental disability advocates.  Highlights in this update include: Ligas Consent Decree... Read more »


DISABILITY SERVICES ARE ABOUT TO BE DISMANTLED I have been in close contact with The Arc of the United States since the election learning as much as I could on the impact of the national elections. On Wednesday, The Arc of the United States hosted a call about what we can expect now that the... Read more »

Arc and Supreme Court to hear special education case

I am taking a few weeks off so you will not be hearing from me. Make sure to connect with your legislators and get them to support the override of House Bill 5931. Story below is from USA Today. Tony Supreme Court to hear special education case By Richard Wolf, USA TODAY WASHINGTON — The... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Toolkit for Election 2016

If you are a person with a disability or you have a loved one with a disability, national and state public policy impacts your life literally. Our elected representatives determine and make decisions that influences the quality of your life. Your health care, education, housing and employment are all impacted by your elected representatives, good... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois Family to Family Health Information Center and Family Voices Presents Illinois Health Care Coverage Options and Benefits Information for People with Disabilities AGENDA 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration 8:30 – 8:45 a.m. – Welcome and Introductions: – Tony Paulauski, Executive Director, The Arc of Illinois – Faye Manaster, Project Director, Family-to-Family... Read more »

Arc Capitol Insider

Capitol Insider Major Events Last Week Income Support – House Holds Hearing on Reducing Poverty Last week, the House Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on “Moving America’s Families Forward: Setting Priorities for Reducing Poverty and Expanding Opportunity”. Witnesses were former Governor John Engler, President of Business Roundtable; Karin VanZant, Executive Director of... Read more »

Arc Responds to New Autism Report

The Arc Reacts to Newly Released CDC Autism Report Showing No Increase in Prevalence in Two Years Washington, DC – Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data showing the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) remains unchanged;   1 in 68 children have been identified as having a diagnosis on the autism... Read more »

Arc and ABLE Account?

Looks like the time for the webinar with the Ligas attorneys may change. I will keep you posted. In the meantime, please fill out the financial information survey. I had quite a day on advocacy issues in Chicago on Tuesday. It started with a meeting with the Ligas attorneys with a frank discussion on the... Read more »

The Arc of Illinois QIDP Conference

Join us for the 14th Annual QIDP Leadership Conference, on January 26, 2016 at the Doubletree Hotel in Alsip, IL. Keynote Presentations 8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.- “Ordinary or Outstanding? A Motivational Journey for Human Service Professionals” -Krescene Beck 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.- “Standing at the Crossroads”  -Shirley Paceley Breakout Presentations (choose one presentation to... Read more »