Welcome

Dear Friends and Families,

We are now into the month of August and we have no state budget. Agencies across the state are ceasing to provide services, laying off employees and closing their doors because there is no state budget. Options & Advocacy is managed very leanly – much like your own household. We all know that Illinois is in dire financial straits. By not having a budget and paying agencies, like Options & Advocacy, to do their important work, our elected officials are jeopardizing the most vulnerable members of our society.

We already struggle with having the lowest rates for services in the country. Between 2009 and 2014, Illinois lawmakers reduced state support for persons with developmental disabilities by 26%. We struggle with late payments for months at a time. Now we have no idea when we will be seeing money for the services that we have been providing since the fiscal year began on July 1.

Once again, infants with developmental delays and children and adults with developmental disabilities are pawns in a high level power struggle. There is no question that we need reforms in many areas of the state. I think we are all willing to be reasonable about it and do our share. We need our Governor, Senate, and House of Representatives to come to consensus over a state budget and move us forward, without harming the vulnerable people that we serve.

 

Make your voice heard!

 

Cindy Sullivan

Executive Director

 

Governor Bruce Rauner
Email
217-782-0244
312-814-2121

Rep. Mike Madigan
Email
773-581-8000

Senator John Cullerton 
Email
773-883-0770

Rep. Jack Franks
815-334-0063

Rep. Barbara Wheeler
847-973-0064

Senator Pam Althoff
815-455-6330

Rep. Mike Tryon
815-459-6453

Senator Dan Duffy
847-277-7100

Senator Karen McConnaughay
847-214-8245

Rep. David McSweeney
847-516-8164

 

Upcoming Events

Sep
2
Wed
10:00 am Playgroup @ Northern Illinois Special Recreation Assn. (NISRA)
Playgroup @ Northern Illinois Special Recreation Assn. (NISRA)
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
 
Sep
10
Thu
10:00 am Playgroup @ Gigi's Playhouse
Playgroup @ Gigi's Playhouse
Sep 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
 
6:00 pm Discovery Group @ Options & Advocacy
Discovery Group @ Options & Advocacy
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
 
Sep
16
Wed
4:30 pm Playgroup @ American Community Bank (lower level)
Playgroup @ American Community Bank (lower level)
Sep 16 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
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