Tag Archives: developmental disabilities

Closing Illinois institutions: Cost savings or cost shifting?

December 2, 2011

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By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — Closing mental health and developmental institutions in Illinois will save at least $50 million a year — eventually. Lawmakers earlier this week ensured that the Tinley Park, Singer and Chester mental health centers and the Mabely and Jacksonville developmental centers will stay open by shifting nearly […]

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Guest Column: Closing Dixon’s Mabley affects Rockford

November 1, 2011

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The Rock River Times By Ron & Carole Bergman Jacksonville Coalition to Save Our State Facilities This is a local news topic because Rockford residents have family members at Mabley in Dixon and other state-operated facilities for the developmentally disabled, including Singer. We are struggling to avoid the closing of Mabley, as are families of […]

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IARF Recommendations to the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability: Proposed Closures of Chester, Singer, and Tinley Park Mental Health Centers

October 26, 2011

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The Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (IARF) represents over 90 community-based providers serving children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental illness, and/or substance use dependencies in over 900 locations throughout the state. For over 35 years, IARF has been a leading voice in support of public policy that promotes high quality community-based services in healthy […]

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Commentary: Facts supporting JDC’s closure are overwhelming

October 22, 2011

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The Jacksonville, Ill Journal Courier – Oct. 22, 2011 – William L. Gorman – A public hearing concerning the proposed closure of the Jacksonville Developmental Center will be held Monday at 5 p.m. at Illinois College’s Bruner Fitness Center. The purpose of the meeting is for the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability to hear […]

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Behind on its bills, state shares $5 billion shortfall with businesses, nonprofits

October 21, 2011

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NapervilleSun – Sun-Times Publication – October 21 – Susan Frick Calrman Little more than three years ago, Illinois had a one-week turnaround for cutting checks to the entities submitting bills. By last June, the average delay had stretched to almost four months, according to the office of state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Now the lag […]

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Gov. Pat Quinn Proposes the Closure of the Mabley and Jacksonville Developmental Institutions.

October 17, 2011

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AID – Association for Individual Development There are times when a fiscal crisis can provide an opportunity to do the right thing and also save money.  This is one of those times.     The State of Illinois is considering closing two of the State’s eight institutions and transitioning the individuals to Community Integrated Living Arrangements […]

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Disability Advocates attend State Hearing to urge closure of institution for people with developmental disabilities

October 17, 2011

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Access Living – http://www.accessliving.org  – Oct. 17 2011 On Monday, October 17, 16 advocates from the Access Living community will travel to Dixon, Illinois to testify at a hearing on the closure of the Mabley Developmental Center. In September, Governor Quinn announced the closure of Mabley and other institutions for people with disabilities. Access Living […]

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Nonprofits bear burden of Illiniois unpaid bills

October 13, 2011

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by Sophia Tareen – The Associated Press – October 13, 2011 – The Beacon-News – Chicago Sun Times – http://beaconnews.suntimes.com   CHICAGO (AP) — When the owner of a southern Illinois child care center didn’t get the state funding he was promised on time and faced laying off employees and cutting service to low-income children, […]

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Lots of concerns, few answers in Quinn closing plan

September 27, 2011

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September 27, 2011 | By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — New reports from Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration say that closing seven state facilities will cost Illinois 2,660 jobs and nearly $300 million in lost economic activity. The governor’s office gave the Legislature’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, or COGFA, the closing […]

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Some support Quinn’s facility closing plan, kinda

September 9, 2011

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By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Statehouse News September 9, 2011 SPRINGFIELD —  Advocates and lawmakers could support Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to close five mental health and developmental disability centers. But only if he does it properly. Quinn on Thursday proposed closing the Tinley Park in Tinley Park; the H. Douglas Singer Mental Health Center […]

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Quinn layoffs, closings aimed at pressuring lawmakers for more money

September 9, 2011

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By Monique Garcia and Ray Long, Tribune reporters September 9, 2011 Gov. Pat Quinn took his first steps toward mass layoffs and state facility closings Thursday, budget-cutting moves designed to raise the pressure on lawmakers before they return to the Capitol next month. The Democratic governor warned that unless lawmakers approve more money, he’ll send […]

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Liberty and Justice for ALL

July 7, 2011

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 Disabled World – www.Disabled-World.com | July, 7, 2011 | TheSocialChallenge.org In the ramp up to the Fourth of July weekend, Uncle Sam and a small team of advocates took to the streets of downtown Chicago Friday, urging local citizens to consider a group still fighting for basic freedoms and independence: Illinoisans with developmental disabilities. The […]

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Speak Out For Medicaid – Call today

July 5, 2011

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iarf | Josh Evans | www.iarf.org | July 5, 2011 For several weeks now, negotiators from the White House and all four Congressional caucuses had been meeting behind closed doors to try and hash out a deal to raise the debt ceiling limit and reduce the federal deficit.  We know that the Obama administration has […]

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Editorial: Can’t pretend Illinois budget cuts won’t hurt needy

July 1, 2011

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Chicago Sun Times – www.SunTimes.com – Editorials July 1, 2011 No one would confuse Illinois with austere Greece, but signs are afoot that our state government is finally learning to live within its means. Just hours before the new fiscal year began Friday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the state budget, a lean spending plan that […]

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Waiting for a Check from Illinois? Get in Line

June 30, 2011

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Bloomberg Businessweek | www.businessweek.com | Tim Jones and Melissa Silverberg | June 30, 2011 In Illinois, you’re never too big or too small to get stiffed by the man. The strapped state government, awash in debt, is now $4 billion behind in paying its bills. At least 8,000 businesses, charities, and state agencies have been […]

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Doctors, hospitals, poor to feel Illinois budget pain

June 18, 2011

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by Christopher Wills – Associated Press June 18, 2011 – http://newsun.suntimes.com SPRINGFIELD — Illinois is on the verge of approving a Medicaid budget that could mean doctors and hospitals wait months to be paid and poor people have a harder time finding care while state government falls deeper into a financial hole. The budget passed […]

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