Each fall, Illinois legislators return to Springfield for a very short legislative session called “veto session” – three days next week and three days right after Thanksgiving. During this year’s session, we are urging legislators to prioritize the community support system for people with disabilities with one-time supplemental funding of $56 million.
Community providers desperately need this funding and the flexibility to use it to address critical staffing shortages and rising costs until other approved funding increases can finally be implemented next year. Community providers cannot close their doors or shorten hours because of staff shortages like other employers can. People with disabilities need support and care every day, and their quality of life depends on proper staffing and compassionate care.
Please urge your legislators to make people with disabilities a priority this fall! Send an email now asking legislators to infuse the community support system with critically needed funding to care for thousands of people with disabilities across the state.
Veto session takes place between November 15 and December 1, so we need to make our voices heard NOW while legislators are deciding what their priorities are.