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The 2019 Liberty Gala — Thursday, October 24, 2019

Progress Center for Independent Living is holding our 2019 Liberty Gala on Thursday, October 24, 2019. The celebration will be at the Elmcrest Banquet Hall in Elmwood Park, Illinois. We invite you to join us. For more than 30 years, Progress Center has provided people with disabilities with the tools and resources to be independent in their…

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WHAT NOW? A Transportation Workshop Transportation is key to the independence of people with disabilities.  When there are problems with your ride, the transit agency needs to learn what happened.  This workshop is designed to equip participants with the resources and motivation to follow up with Paratransit Agencies and other transportation agencies when something about…

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The 2019 Progress Center Annual Meeting

Join us for the 31st Annual Meeting of Progress Center for Independent Living “Together, let’s fight for our independence and for our rights.” Power is in the Numbers! Come and Be a Part of the Action! Be There- find out what’s new: Advocating for people with disabilities on State and Federal Levels Housing in the…

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2019 Membership and Appreciation Luncheon

2019 Membership and Appreciation Luncheon Join Progress Center for lunch on May 2 as we celebrate the Annual Membership & Appreciation Luncheon. The event is dedicated to the outstanding advocacy work of Progress Center’s dedicated members.  All are encouraged to attend, and to bring family and friends.  At the event, you will learn about programs…

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Town Hall Meeting — Disability and Healthcare in Illinois

Town Hall Meeting – Disability and Healthcare in Illinois Progress Center for Independent Living will host a Town Hall Meeting on Managed Care and healthcare issues impacting people with disabilities.  The event will include presentations about have to navigate managed care and current issues impacting the community.  This is an opportunity to gather information, learn…

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Disability advocates in Springfield for Governor Pritzker’s first Budget Address

Governor Pritzker’s 2019 Budget Address Advocacy staff from Progress Center for Independent Living will be in Springfield on February 20, 2019 for Governor JB Pritzker’s first Budget Address as the governor of Illinois. “I look forward to hearing the address and hearing about budget line items,” said Larry Biondi, Progress Center’s Advocacy Coordinator.  “We hope…

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A Quick Reference Guide to Medicare

A Quick Reference Guide to Medicare Progress Center has a new document available for people who are enrolled in the Medicare Healthcare System.  The document is called a “Quick Reference Guide to Medicare.” The guide is intended to provide information about Medicare in four alternative formats.  The guide is available for download on this page,…

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Progress Center closed on Thursday, January 31, 2019.

On Thursday, January 31, 2019, the Progress Center office will remain closed.  We plan to reopen on Friday, February 1.  We hope that everyone is staying safe and warm during these extreme conditions. For information about local warming centers and other resources, please visit this link on the ABC 7 website.  For emergency situations, please…

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Progress Center 2018 Holiday Appeal

December 17, 2018 Dear Friends of Progress Center, In 2018, Progress Center celebrated 30 years of service in Suburban Cook County.  Since 1988, we have been providing people with disabilities with information, resources, and support that equip people with disabilities with the tools to be independent in their own homes and communities.  Like many years…