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Arc Update 

Below are some highlights from the week! AHCA Passes in the House: 7 Republicans Voted Yes; 11 Democrats Voted No Ligas Consent Decree – State Asks for More Time to Respond Arc Leaders meet with HFS Regarding the Medicaid Managed Care Request for Proposals Arc Leaders meet with Deputy Governor Munger Arc Leaders Testify Against... Read more »

Arc Update

The first attempt to pass the “grand bargain” for a state failed yesterday in the Senate. It will be interesting to see if there are going to be any next steps. See story from the State Journal Register below. Senator Heather Steans has introduced Senate Bill 955 which will increase the DSP starting wage to... Read more »

Arc Update

Today, I am heading to the Capitol for what could be my last trip as your Executive Director and it will be a big week in Springfield. The Senate is expected to run a major package of spending and revenue bills in an attempt to craft a state budget. We do not know if the... Read more »

Arc Update

DSP WAGES. Last Thursday, our coalition addressing the crisis in retaining and recruiting direct care professionals met to discuss next steps. We will reintroduce legislation to increase the starting wage to $15.00 per hour. We will continue to have within the bill language that is very comprehensive defining who is covered in the bill. We... Read more »

Arc Update

This will be an active week for The Arc and other advocates. The Court Monitor is scheduled to release the 5th Annual Report to the court on compliance to the consent decree. We already know there will be another noncompliance finding on the ability to retain and hire direct support professionals. I certainly wonder if... Read more »

Arc Update

Today I’m in Chicago for a meeting with our new Exec Meg Cooch and the Director of the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities Kimberly Mercer-Schleider! Tomorrow we meet with our good friend Marco McCottry, Uber General Manager. We are delighted to let you know about two new staff joining The Arc Team! Olivia Sanchez is our... Read more »

Arc Update

Another active week for advocacy for The Arc. On Tuesday the Senate & House Human Services Committee will host a joint meeting to hear testimony regarding abuse and neglect taking place at group homes for individuals with developmental disabilities. The Arc and the Family Support Network have been invited to present testimony. Go to this... Read more »

Arc Update

I was so pleased that we were able to announce the new Executive Director of The Arc of Illinois Meg Cooch. See her biography below for more details on her excellent background. She is a very talented leader. Friday, I had the opportunity to head up to Evanston to meet with my good friend Ann... Read more »

Arc Update

Senate Hearing Cancelled. The Senate Human Services Committee has cancelled its Wednesday hearing on abuse and neglect in the community. The hearing is a direct result of the Tribune series on abuse and neglect and you saw the Tribunes editorial which shared with you yesterday.  The hearing will be rescheduled for some time in the... Read more »

Arc Update

Arc Meets with Gov’s Staff. Wednesday in the Capitol I had a meeting with Greg Bassi, Policy Advisor for Healthcare & Human Services, Special Counsel, Office of the Governor; Tim Nuding, Director, Office of Management & Budget and Greg Fenton, Director, Division of Developmental Disabilities. I  shared with them data and the importance of supportive... Read more »