Happy Friday!

The Arc of Illinois Convention

A HUGE Thank You to the more than 300 Arc members, leaders and advocates who attended The Arc of Illinois Annual Convention this week in Lisle.  Thanks also to the sponsors and vendors for sharing great information and connections.  I also want to thank the Convention Committee, Volunteers, Board and Staff for all your dedication to ensuring a welcoming place for all!

Check out The Arc of Illinois facebook page for photos and awardees!

Some folks have asked for Kim Mercer-Schleider and my presentation.  Here is it.

Medicaid/Affordable Care Act Advocacy

Although the House decided not to call the newly amended American Health Care Act, we still need to be vigilant so ask your member of Congress to say NO to the American Health Care Act, use this easy link.

In addition, today the Congress passed a continuing resolution to keep the federal government running without huge cuts to HHS or other departments.

They Deserve More Campaign

The Arc is part of a coalition working to pass an increase in wages for director support workers, which will ensure individuals with disabilities have the workers they need to remain independent.  We are looking for individuals, families, workers and providers’ stories especially from Quincy, Davenport – Rock Island, Peoria – Bloomington, Champaign – Springfield – Decatur, and Rockford.  Please reach out to me if you are from those regions and willing to share your stories.

WE NEED ACTION NOW in offices, house and social media!  

Hope you have a great weekend!

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