First things first: today is Veteran’s Day, and Chicago is home to the National Veteran’s Art Museum at 4041 N. Milwaukee. Today at 3 pm, they will unveil the 100 Faces of War Experience exhibit, which is a series of portraits of people who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The website is at www.nvam.org . Disability is a very common experience among those who have served in the armed forces all over the world, so we hope you take a moment to honor our veterans. Access Living is also proud of our veterans who are on staff.
Second, as many of you know, after last week’s election things are moving rapidly for the transition of our state government from the stewardship of Governor Quinn to that of Governor-Elect Rauner in January. We would like to applaud the Quinn administration for their hard work to further community living for people with disabilities, and we look forward to working with the new administration to ensure that what we have achieved is sustained. While no state administration is ever perfect, the Quinn administration has been noteworthy for taking on disability issues at a high level.
Governor Quinn has named his Chief of Staff Ryan Croke to manage the transition for the current administration. Governor-Elect Rauner has been moving very quickly to name his transition team. Many of you have been curious as to who is on the team.
The members are as follows:
Governor Jim Edgar
Bill Daley – Managing Partner and head of U.S. operations, Argentiere Capital LP, former White House Chief of Staff
Glenn Poshard – Former President, Southern Illinois University; former U.S. Congressman
Rev. James Meeks – Founder and Senior Pastor, Salem Baptist Church of Chicago; former Illinois State Senator
Manny Sanchez – Founder and Managing Partner, Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP; Co-Chair, Latinos for Obama
Doug Oberhelman – CEO and Chairman, Caterpillar Inc.
State Representative Jill Tracy – 94th District, Illinois House of Representatives
Ron Huberman – Operating Executive, Prairie Capital; former Superintendent and CEO, Chicago Public Schools
Phyllis Wise – Chancellor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Jim Alexander – President, Illinois State Police Command Officer’s Association (ISPCOA)
Congressman Aaron Schock – Representative, 18th Congressional District of Illinois
Arabel Alva Rosales – President, AAR & Assocs., LTD.
Ron Gidwitz – Partner, GCG Partners
John Gates – Chairman and CEO, PortaeCo, LLC.
Pastor Corey Brooks – Founder, New Beginnings Church of Chicago
Rob Funderburg – Chairman and owner, Alpine Bank
Mark Cozzi- Managing Partner, Lincoln Park Capital Group
Tony Anderson – Retired Vice Chairman and Midwest Managing, Partner Ernst & Young
Sarah Frey-Talley – President, CEO Frey Farms
Gloria Cardenas Cudia – President and Founder, Salsa Business Network
Jim Schultz – Founder of Open Prairie and Managing Director of Open Prairie Ventures I and II
Dr. Willie Wilson – Chairman, Chicago Baptist Institute International (CBII)
Eleni Bousis – Board Chair for the Greek American Rehabilitation and Care Centre, Entrepreneur of Frontida (CARE) Institution supporting and assisting women and families in need and Board Member for Leadership 100 and the Little City Foundation.
Ryan Ruskin- President and COO, Ruskin Group
Beth Christie – Founder and CEO, Avent America
Ed McMillan – Principal and CEO, McMillan L.L.C; former President and CEO of Purina Mills Inc.
Andrea Brown – Member of the Illinois State Board of Education, former Regional Superintendent, teacher and administrator
Naturally, legislative advocacy at this time is focused towards veto session during the week before Thanksgiving and the week after Thanksgiving. The top issue for Access Living is whether our legislators will ensure that there is enough funding for disability services by extending the 5% income tax rate. Stay tuned for updates on that topic.
Again, Access Living looks forward to furthering opportunities for people with disabilities and defending our right to live in the community. Have an excellent Veteran’s Day.
Director of Advocacy, Access Living