On the Anniversary of the Olmstead Decision, take action to support options in the community

On June 22, 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the unnecessary institutionalization of people with disabilities is discrimination against people with disabilities. The decision was a victory for the independence and integration of people with disabilities, giving the community a tool to fight for programs and policies that give people with disabilities quality supports…

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner unveils his 2019 budget proposal

People with disabilities don’t need ‘compassion’ In his budget address, Gov. Bruce Rauner said structural reforms will enable Illinois to be “as compassionate as we want to be,” and later he said, “compassion is in the DNA of Illinois.” As a person with a disability who works with a disability organization, I think compassion is…

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Illinois Budget

Throughout last year and this year, disability advocates and disability allies were key in the effort to end the budget impasse and support community services that help people with disabilities live independently in their own homes.  Though Illinois has a budget, there is still much work to do to protect the independence and rights of…

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PCIL Welcomes New Program Director

In October, Progress Center welcomed Gary Arnold as the organization’s new Program Director.   Announcement:  Dear PCIL Families, Friends, & Supporters, On behalf of the Progress Center for Independent Living’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, it is with great pleasure that I announce to you that Gary Arnold has been selected as the new Program Director at Progress Center…

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Illinois House approves state budget, ends historic impasse

The Illinois House voted 71-42 in favor of overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of a budget package Thursday, giving the state its first spending blueprint in more than two years and ending the nation’s longest fiscal stalemate since at least the Great Depression. http://abc7chicago.com/politics/illinois-house-approves-state-budget-ends-historic-impasse/2187933/ Thursday, July 06, 2017 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois House voted…

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