Act Now to Stop Senate Bill 3564

Disability advocates around Illinois are organizing to stop Senate Bill 3564, which would make it much more difficult to close state-run institutions. In turn, if institutions stay open, more people will continue to be isolated in segregated facilities instead of moving into community-based, integrated housing.

People across Illinois are asked to contact their senators today and tell them to oppose SB 3564.

SB 3564 requires the General Assembly to vote by joint resolution to uphold or overturn an advisory opinion issued by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) regarding the closure of state institutions. While providing no deadline for action by the General Assembly, the bill prohibits the Governor from taking any action to implement a recommendation to close a state institution unless and until the General Assembly upholds the closure recommendation.

SB 3564 Impedes the State’s Rebalancing Plan

• Historically, Illinois Governors have had a very difficult time closing state-run institutions -- even those proven to be dangerous.

• In November 2011 Governor Quinn announced a plan to rebalance Illinois’ long term care system, calling for the closure of up to four state-run developmental centers by 2014.

• SB 3564 is a blatant attempt to thwart the State’s rebalancing initiative to increase community-based services for people with disabilities -- an effort that is already underway and long overdue.

• SB 3564 will delay and impede -- perhaps indefinitely -- the Governor’s ability to close developmental centers and other state-run institutions, whether for safety reasons or to bring the State in compliance with the community integration mandate of the ADA and the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision. IT IS BAD PUBLIC POLICY.

Contact your State Legislator Today!


  1. Lorna Dempster I need help understanding why you oppose this bill. I am guardian of a profoundly retarded man. I have toured numerous independent living facilities and have not found one that can provide the assistance my brother requires. More importantly, I advocated for these types of facilities to be available in the mid 1980's because I wanted residents who were capable of caring for themselves to move away from people like my brother so they could avoid the stigma of being compared to him. Now, you appear to be inviting him back into their lives, which will mean sacrificing some of the rights I fought for you. At the hearings in Jacksonville, I gathered from your comments that you hope the money "saved" by closing developmental centers will be allocated to your agencies, but I have seen no evidence that this will be the case. Help me understand how slowing the Governor down by gaining further support or opposition to closing facilities will harm your cause. You can email me at and put BILLY on the subject line, so I can sort your email out from SPAM. Thank you.
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