Arc Update and A Disgraceful Budget

June 26, 2009

Leaders in The Arc:

Yesterday late afternoon I was able to
attend a solemn vigil at Seguin Services in Cicero . About 100
advocates gathered to pray together to save our services. Clergy,
people with disabilities, families and advocates were very
powerful. They will be there until the end of the fiscal year on
Tuesday, June 30th. The vigil is held twice a day at
10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily. Join them if you can.

Further down the road in Brookfield ,
Community Support Services is also holding a vigil from 4:00 p.m.
until 10:00 p.m. I joined with their team to take the message of
Save our Services to the streets. I appreciate their
advocacy and actions!

Wednesday night in downtown Rockford , over
1,500 people turned out for a massive Human Services Rally!

In Peoria , Charlotte Cronin and other
Human Service Advocates met with the Editorial Board of the Peoria
Star Journal! Check out all of the letters to the editorial in the
PSJ. Well done Charlotte and advocates in Peoria !

This morning I head to Park Lawn for a
Legislative Forum which begins at 11:00 a.m. The Forum is co-hosted
by Park Lawn and the Good Shepherd Center .

You are making a difference! Keep up our
advocacy for human services in Illinois !

Tony Paulauski

The Arc of Illinois


Forum: State lawmakers, please raise my
income taxes

Posted Jun 24, 2009 @ 10:30 PM

Last week I watched as a crowd gathered at
the Bureau County Courthouse. Disabled citizens in wheelchairs,
young mothers with their children in tow and staffers at various
public service concerns expressed their fear at what’s
happening in Springfield . I thought, sure our
leaders won’t let this happen

This past winter I watched as our former
governor closed state parks. While Gov. Blagojevich tried to
pressure campaign contributors, he was quick to send state
employees into the streets. The Legislature intervened. Good for

My wife has had the privilege of working
for the Illinois Department of Human Services

John Kramer

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