With the House’s vote to override the Governor’s veto of the three budget related bills, Illinois has a budget for FY18.  Included in this budget is a 75 cent wage increase for direct support professionals and funding for critical information, systems navigation, family support and other grant funding for people with disabilities.  Our community now needs to ensure that implementation of the budget as outlined is done in a focused and expedited manner to limit disruption to services and help to strengthen community living for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in Illinois.

If you want details about the votes, check out capitol fax here.

Thousands of individuals with disabilities, families and service providers have rallied, called, emailed, told stories and posted on social media to push for a budget.  There is more work to be done but for now THANK YOU FOR YOUR ADvOCACY!

Meg Cooch
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
815-464-1832 (OFFICE)