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Access Living, 30 Advocacy Organizations Sponsor Governor Candidate Forum
on Disability Issues

Six Democratic Candidates Joined Nonpartisan Event
Featuring Voter Questions

As the 2018 election season heats up, Chicago-based Access Living, together with more than 30 advocacy organizations from around the state, hosted a nonpartisan gubernatorial candidate forum Thursday afternoon.

Open Letter to Illinois State Board of Education

This morning, a coalition of Chicago special education advocates appeared before the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to testify on the state of education for students with disabilities in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

ACLU, Community Groups File Lawsuit to Ensure Court Oversight of Reform for the Chicago Police Department

Suit targets CPD’s use of force on people with disabilities, includes engagement
with Black and Latino Chicagoans

ACLU, Community Groups File Lawsuit to Ensure Court Oversight of Reform for the Chicago Police Department
Suit targets CPD’s use of force on people with disabilities, includes engagement
with Black and Latino Chicagoans


Access Living releases analysis of CPS FY 2018 Budget

Analysis FY 18 CPS Budget

Statement from Access Living in response to legal ruling

Ruling marks an opportunity to eliminate threats to Home Services Program

Statement from Access Living about Administrative Law Judge Ruling on Illinois Overtime Policy

Access Living condemns decision to discontinue DACA

Access Living Statement in response to White House decision to rescind DACA

DACA is critical for me and for many others. With it, thousands of immigrants can be with their families and have the opportunity to work, and to contribute to their communities.

Passage of Trust Act a victory for immigrants with disabilities

Access Living Statement on passage of the Trust Act

INCIL Announces Ryan Croke as New Executive Director

The Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living (INCIL), one of Illinois’ leading statewide disability advocacy organizations, today (July 31) announced that its Board of Directors has hired Ryan Croke as its new Executive Director.

Access Living statement on the Status of Congressional Healthcare Reform

Access Living Statement on status of healthcare and ACA Repeal

Juneteenth Observation:

In Memory of Charleena Lyles

A note from Access Living about Juneteenth and the police killing of Charleena Lyles, a black disabled woman.

Illinois House Overwhelmingly Approves HB 3376

Bill aims to Reduce Risk of Institutionalization for Thousands under Rauner HSP Overtime Policy

Illinois House Overwhelmingly Approves HB 3376, Aiming to Reduce Risk of Institutionalization for Thousands under Rauner HSP Overtime Policy. Bill heads to Senate next, paving way to ending months of uncertainty and chaos for over 8,000 people with disabilities

ACCESS LIVING STATEMENT ON CBO SCORE OF AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT

Statement from Access Living in response to the Congressional Budget Office score on the impact of the American Health Care Act.

Passage of AHCA a devastating blow for healthcare and people with disabilities

Access Living Statement on House vote to approve Health Care Legislation

Statement from Access Living on passage of American Health Care Act

Advocates & Stakeholders Keep Up Fight to Protect Overtime Hours, Consumer Choice and Independence through Legislature

Media Alert

Media Alert for hearing on HB 3376, responsible approach to overtime for consumers in the Home Services Program, correcting mistakes of misguided Rauner policy.
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Partisan JCAR Vote Approves Dangerous DHS Overtime Policy Despite Outcry from Stakeholders

Statement following the vote of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules to approve Governor Rauner’s Overtime Guidelines for the Home Services Program

Complaint filed against CPS for failure to make school accessible or provide accommodations

Complaint filed in Federal Court against CPS over failure to provide accommodations

Devos confirmation as Secretary of Education a blow to students with disabilities

Statement about Senate Confirmation of Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Access Living & SEIU Healthcare Illinois Statement on Rauner veto of Senate Bill 261

Access Living & SEIU Healthcare Illinois Statement on Rauner veto of Senate Bill 261

Access Living urges solidarity with and defense of Sanctuary Movement

Statement in support for Sanctuary and support for disabled and non disabled immigrants

Governor’s Speech Fails to Provide Answers for Looming State/Federal Crisis

JCAR Members Urged to Reject Misguided Overtime Proposal

A statement from SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana, Chicago ADAPT, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Access Living in response to Governor Rauner’s 2017 State of the State Address
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