Illinois Community Living Report

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Springfield, Illinois - September 30, 2019 - IPADD (Illinois Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities) today released their 2019 Community Living Report, which evaluates every member of the Illinois General Assembly, and the Governor based on their support or opposition to ten new state laws.

 

IPADD will continue to draft, promote, and monitor public policy in the State of Illinois and hold its legislators accountable.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Springfield, Illinois - September 10, 2018 - IPADD (Illinois Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities) today released their 2018 Community Living Report, which evaluates every member of the Illinois General Assembly, and the Governor based on their support or opposition to ten new state laws.

 

IPADD will continue to draft, promote, and monitor public policy in the State of Illinois and hold its legislators accountable.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Springfield, Illinois - October 16, 2017 - IPADD (Illinois Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities) today released their 2017 Community Living Report, which evaluates every member of the Illinois General Assembly, and the Governor based on their support or opposition to ten new state laws.

 

IPADD will continue to draft, promote, and monitor public policy in the State of Illinois and hold its legislators accountable.

 

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Organization Releases First Legislative Scorecard

 

Springfield, Illinois - September 11, 2016 - IPADD (Illinois Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities) has released its first scorecard for Illinois legislators, believing it to be the first disability-specific legislative report published in the state.

 

The scorecard, titled ICLR (Illinois Community Living Report), analyzed ten bills from the 2016 Spring Session of the Illinois 99th General Assembly. Bills were chosen for their potential to help or hinder Illinois citizens with developmental disabilities access more included lives in their homes and communities. Rep. Carol Ammons, Rep. Will Guzzardi, and Rep. Elaine Nekritz achieved a perfect score of 100% on the scorecard. All three representatives have received IPADD’s “Community Living Advocate Award.”

 

“We are grateful to Reps. Ammons, Guzzardi, and Nekritz for having the courage to support good policy which directly impacts the lives of Illinois citizens with developmental disabilities,” said Deb Hamilton, IPADD’s Legislative Affairs Director. Hamilton added: “The scorecard also reveals a disappointing level of engagement by many of the top leaders, including Governor Rauner and Speaker Madigan, who each scored only 50% on the report. This is nothing short of negligence and that type of policy neglect will no longer go unscrutinized by the public.”

 

IPADD was co-founded in 2006 by Laurie Jerue and Ellen Garber Bronfeld, both mothers of adults with a developmental disability. IPADD has since grown to more than 1,500 members. From the beginning, the organization has been grounded in the philosophy that every person with a developmental disability can lead safe, meaningful, and connected lives in their community.

 

Contacts:

Deb Hamilton, IPADD Legislative Affairs

scorecard@ipaddunite.org

 

Illinois Rep. Carol Ammons

District Office: (217) 531-1660

Springfield Office: (217) 558-1009

 

Illinois Rep. Will Guzzardi

District Office: (773) 227-9720

Springfield Office: (217) 558-1032

 

Illinois Rep. Elaine Nekritz

District Office: (847) 229-5499

Springfield Office: (217) 558-1004

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