Arc Capitol Insider 

Getting ready for the first day of Speak UP & Speak OUT! Tony Capitol Insider for the week of November 2nd, 2015 Action AlertParents of Children with Disabilities Should Have Paid Sick Leave Major Events Ahead Social Security – Joint Economic Committee to Hold Hearing on Social Security Disability Insurance On Wednesday,... Read more »

Arc Action Alert

I believe August is going to be an important month in our advocacy for a responsible state budget with new revenue. I believe that we need to become more active, vocal and forceful with our State Senators and Representatives. We need them to support community services and new revenue. As Phil and I have... Read more »

Arc Update

This morning providers should have received their contracts indicating that they have been funded for Fiscal Year 2016 or their programs are on hold. It is likely that the grant programs will be on hold until a final budget agreement is reached between the Governor and the Legislative Leaders. Make sure you sign the... Read more »

Arc and Directors Bulletin

Name the Communication Bulletin As I wrap up this busy week, I want to once again ask for your suggestions and input on a name for our Communication Bulletin. This is the time to put your creativity talents to the test! The Division will be accepting suggestions via the following email address- Start submitting your entries... Read more »

Arc Legislation

An Arc initiative, House Bill 2512, Protection of Individuals with Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System Task Force, Chief Sponsor Rep Michael Zalewski. When people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities get caught in the criminal justice system, the consequences can be quite severe and lifelong. We see this as the beginning of an... Read more »

Arc Capitol Insider

Capitol Insider Major Events Last Week Family Support – Older Americans Act Reauthorization Introduced in Senate; Expands Eligibility for Family Support Services The Senate reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (S. 192) was introduced on January 20 by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA),... Read more »

Arc and The Costs of a Shared Sacrifice

Phil Kadner of the Southtown Star tells it like it is in a dynament commentary. The Arc is quoted. Heading to Chicago today to say good bye to Secretary Saddler. Too many good byes recently. Tony Kadner: The costs of a ‘shared sacrifice’ Updated: January 16, 2015 2:10AM Cutting the fat out of the state budget... Read more »

Arc Capitol Insider

Meeting with the Care Campaign today to discuss strategies to increase wages for direct support staff, then on to Chicago to celebrate Governor Quinn’s birthday! Tony Capitol Insider Note: As Capitol Insider goes to press, Congress is working to wrap up the 113th Congress. Several critical measures, including the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE)... Read more »

Arc Capitol Insider

Capitol Insider  Major Recent Events Tax Policy – ABLE Act passes House of Representatives twice On December 3, the House passed H.R. 647, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act), by a vote of 404 to 17. The ABLE Act would change the tax code to allow for tax advantaged savings accounts... Read more »