Budget Action!

The Budgeteers are meeting right now to determine if there will be a budget agreement this year.  Please call or send a message to every member of the budget group right now.

Ask them to pass a state budget before the end of May! AND support in budget negotiations the inclusion of:

  • Wage increase for DSPs to ensure Illinois addresses the staffing crisis that limits people with disabilities’ ability to be full participants in community life.
  • Support the restoration of funding for DD grants: Arc Life Span, The Autism Program, Epilepsy, Best Buddies and Respite.  The Governor is proposing a 5% cut after a previous 5% cut two years ago.  These services offer important connections and resources needed for families now more than ever.
  • Funding for the restoration of dental services for people with disabilities.  The previous bill has not moved out of the legislature and there is a call to advocate for funding to be included in the budget.

Here are the list of key legislators:

Title First Name Last Name Phone Number
Sen. William Brady 877-573-0846
Sen. John Cullerton 877-867-1178
Sen. Don Harmon 877-936-8450
Sen. Chris Nybo 877-936-8449
Sen. Sue Rezin 877-876-5447
Sen. Heather Steans 877-867-0016
Sen. Dave Syverson 877-867-0275
Sen. Chuck Weaver 877-867-0403
Rep. Michael Madigan 877-867-0624
Rep. Mark Batinick 877-858-1373
Rep. Patricia Bellock 877-859-9267
Rep. Tom Demmer 877-864-2996
Rep. Jim Durkin 877-863-9798
Rep. Sara Feigenholtz 877-706-1018
Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie 877-864-0351
Rep. Robyn Gabel 877-898-8002
Rep. Greg Harris 877-889-9711
Rep. Sheri Jesiel 877-586-2624
Meg Cooch Signature

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