Illinois Home Services and Transit Options Are at Risk

June 16, 2015

Calling all advocates!

On Friday, June 12, Governor Rauner released information about funding cuts that will be made if the Illinois state budget is not resolved by July 1. These cuts include changes to two important components of home services and disability transit.

Budget plans include suspending state add-on payment to PACE paratransit services in Chicagoland and suspending the state subsidy for the Regional Transportation Authority Reduced Fares program. Many individuals don’t have alternatives if they lose access to transit, making this cut a threat to livelihoods, accessibility, and inclusion.The Governor also plans to raise the Determination of Need (DON) Score, increasing the eligibility threshold and affecting access to home and community-based services. 

These cuts to consumer-controlled home and community-based services and public transportation funding could be devastating to the disability community. The Governor’s office needs to hear our concerns about these decisions before July 1.

Here’s how you can make your voice heard:  

  1. By phone: Call the Governor’s office in Springfield at (217) 782-0244 or in Chicago at (312) 814-2121. Tell them you oppose both the changes to the DON score for home services statewide and funding cuts for paratransit and reduced fare rides in Chicagoland.
  2. By email: Use this link to send an email to the Governor’s office. Email content is already provided, so this option is quick and easy.
  3. Online: Contact the Governor’s office through the official online contact form at this link.

Make your voice heard about cuts to home services and to transit options for people with disabilities--contact the Governor’s office today!

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