Make Your Voice Heard About State Funding Cuts

April 8, 2015

Calling all advocates!

On April 3, the Illinois Governor’s office released a list of programs targeted in cuts to social services and public health grants. According to the Chicago Tribune, $26 million has been suspended across several state departments. Many of these cuts will negatively impact individuals with disabilities and their families.

Take Action Today!

  1. Call Governor Rauner’s office to express your concerns about the grant suspensions. You can contact the Governor's office at (312) 814-2121 in Chicago and in Springfield at (217) 782-0244. It is important that the Governor hear from those affected by the funding cuts, so feel free to call both numbers. 
  2. Join Access Living at their Revenue and Rights Rally on Thursday, April 9, at 12:00 p.m. The rally will gather at the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago (100 W. Randolph Street). For more information on this event, contact Adam Ballard at (312) 640-2195 or aballard@accessliving.org.

In total, $21.8 million in funding was cut from the Illinois Department of Human Services. Below is a sample of the grant suspensions made effective April 3:

  • ARC Lifespan: $118,100
  • Best Buddies: $250,000
  • Autism: $1 million
  • Group Home Loans: $20,000
  • Community Services: $2 million
  • Outreach to Individuals to Engage in Services: $380,700
  • Transportation: $43,900
  • DD Latino Outreach: $87,500
  • Microboard Development and Outreach: $47,500
  • Epilepsy: $514,700

For more information and a full list of funding suspensions, read the Tribune article here. Call the Governor’s office today to make your voice heard!

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