State Budget Impasse Means

Cut In Service Hours for LIFE CIL

As a direct result of the continued State of Illinois budget impasse, LIFE Center for Independent Living’s (LIFE CIL) Bloomington office will be closed every Friday beginning on Friday, March 4th.  LIFE CIL will be open Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The LIFE CIL branch office in Pontiac will be closed on Thursdays, and is open Monday through Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., reducing one day of service hours.

Several months into the fiscal year and the state still has no budget. LIFE CIL’s primary grant funding is held hostage the budget standoff and payment of another large grant is uncertain, so LIFE CIL has no choice but to reduce staff and hours in order to continue operating.

We urge you to contact Governor Bruce Rauner and your legislators to tell them you want them to end the budget impasse and pay the Fiscal Year 2016 funds as well continued funds for the upcoming 2017 year beginning in June!

To contact Governor Bruce Rauner: Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Chicago: James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, 16-100, Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-814-2121

or

Springfield: 207 State House, Springfield, IL 62706

Phone: 217-782-0244

To find out who your Senator and Representative are and to get their contact information, visit: http://gis.elections.il.gov/map_viewer_update/default.aspx.  You can put your address in the search box and it will show you who your Senator and Representative are for your residence address.  Please contact both your Senator and your Representative in addition to the Governor.

If you have questions on advocating or for more details, please e-mail Rickielee Benecke, Advocacy & Advancement Director at LIFE CIL, at email hidden; JavaScript is required or call (309) 663-5433.

LIFE CIL and Centers for Independent Living are not alone. Disability organizations and hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities across Illinois are at risk right now because of the budget crisis. It is irresponsible and dangerous to let the budget impasse continue.

LIFE Center for Independent Living (LIFE CIL) is a community based, not-for-profit, non-residential organization that promotes disability rights, equal access, full community participation, and independent living for persons with disabilities in DeWitt, Ford, Livingston, and McLean counties. LIFE CIL serves approximately 2,200 people each year, providing crucial independent living services that improve the quality of life and save the state millions of dollars by assisting persons with disabilities to achieve and maintain independent lifestyles in their own homes.

LIFE CIL continues to do our best to keep services available at this time and we thank you for your understanding and support.

***PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION TO MAKE EVERYONE AWARE OF THE ISSUES LIFE CIL IS FACING!

 

Connect Transit – Fare Structure Changes?

Connect Transit is proposing changes to their fare structure.  Get involved and let the Connect Transit Board of Trustees know your thoughts!

Public hearings scheduled:

  • Wednesday, June 29 at 5:00 p.m. at the Bloomington Government Building (Lower Level Community Room) located at 115 E. Washington Street in Bloomington.
  • Wednesday, July 13 at 5:00 p.m. at Uptown Station (4th Floor Multipurpose Room) located at 11 Uptown Circle in Normal.

You can learn more about the new proposed fare structure and how to get to the hearings at: Connect Transit News

 

 

MANY THANKS!

The Board of Directors and Staff of LIFE Center for Independent Living (LIFE CIL) would like to thank everyone who made our Wheelchair Basketball Game a success!  The University of Illinois Wheelchair Basketball Teams played an exhibition game against Area Athletic Coaches.  Area Athletic Coaches included:

  • Coach Bryan Thomas from Normal Community High School
  • Coach Wes Temples from Normal Community High School
  • Coach BJ Zeleznik from LeRoy High School
  • Coach Mark Edmundson from LeRoy High School
  • Coach Alex Goudy from Paxton-Buckley-Loda
  • Coach Darren Hess from Normal Community West High School
  • Coach Corey Ostling from Normal Community West High School
  • Coach Mike Crumpler from Bloomington High School
  • Coach Mike Allen from Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School
  • Coach Ryan Tompkins from Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School

In addition to the game, the Bloomington-Normal Jaycees ran our concessions. There was a silent auction with the help of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Tau Tau Chapter, a 50/50 raffle (the winner donated their winnings back to LIFE CIL), a door prize (thanks to Bloomington Edge Football) and guest appearances by Spike from the Bloomington Edge Football (who also threw up the tip ball to start the game), Reggie Redbird, and Corny from the Normal CornBelters Baseball team.  Members of the Bloomington Edge Football Dance Team who performed a couple of their routines during the event.  We also had members of the Zoo Crew there to do face painting and balloons, which was a great addition to this year’s event.

This event is an annual fundraiser for LIFE CIL, but in addition to that, a portion of the proceeds pay for two scholarships for the University of Illinois Youth Wheelchair Sports Camps this summer.  This is also a great disability awareness event, an event for the whole family!  We hope to see you again next year and welcome anyone who has not been before, to join us in 2017!  As soon as we have a date set, we will post it.

Below is a list of our event sponsors: 

Backboard Shattering Sponsors (starting at $500):

  • OSF Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center
  • Kathy Owen Photography
  • PIP Printing & Marketing Services

Slam Dunk Sponsors (starting at $250):

  • Advocate Charitable Foundation
  • Cook’s Autobody
  • Health Alliance
  • Heartland Bank and Trust Company
  • OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center
  • Wayne’s Music World

Alley-Oop Sponsors (starting at $100):

  • A Caring Touch of McLean County, Inc.
  • Accent Family Dental
  • Bloomington-Normal Audiology
  • Tom Brokaw, State Farm Agent
  • COUNTRY Financial
  • GROWMARK, Inc.
  • Illinois Farm Bureau
  • Koko Printing
  • McDonalds of Bloomington-Normal, McLean and Gibson City
  • Mid-America Insurance Services, Inc.
  • Uplift Productions
  • YWCA McLean County

We would also like to thank all of the individuals, businesses and organizations who gave either monetary or in-kind donations to support the event, including donations for the silent auction items and concessions.

We could not have done this without the help of our volunteers who put in their time and hard work to help make the event a success.  Thank you to each and every one of you!  We appreciate your help!

 

 

Having Trouble Hearing on the Telephone?

LIFE Center for Independent Living may be able to help!  LIFE CIL is a selection center for the ITAC amplified telephone program.

FREE AMPLIFIED PHONE PROGRAM

If you have a landline telephone, there are currently 5 amplified phones to choose from. Come and test the phones and find out what works best for you!

If you have a cell phone that you have trouble hearing on, there is now a cellular phone amplifier you can get also!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO QUALIFY:

  • You must be a resident of the State of Illinois and provide proof of residency (copy of drivers license, state ID card, OR piece of mail showing same address as application)
  •  You must provide a copy of your telephone bill for a landline amplified phone and/or a copy of your cellular phone bill for a cell phone amplifier
  •  An ITAC amplified phone application; you’ll need to have your audiologist, physician OR certified DRS counselor complete the back of the application to certify you have a hearing loss

To receive an application or for more information, contact Brianne at LIFE CIL at 309/663-5433, toll free at 888/543-3245 or by email at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

 

 

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You can click on the LIKE button to the right, or you can visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/lifecil.  We are hoping we will be able to further assist the community through social media and keep in touch with those who want to know what LIFE CIL is up to!

 

 

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Upcoming Events
  • Sunday, May 7: Happy Mother's Day!
  • Monday, May 9: Community Advocacy Training (CAT) Class 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 10: Human Services Council Meeting 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 11: Transit Orientation 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
  • Monday, May 16: Community Advocacy Training (CAT) Class 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 17: Transition Planning Committee 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 18: CEFT Meeting 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 19: Board Development Committee Meeting 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. & Community Relations Committee Meeting 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
  • Monday, May 23: Community Advocacy Training (CAT) Class 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. & CAT Class Graduation 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 26: Board of Directors Meeting 5:15 p.m.
  • Monday, May 30: Memorial Day Holiday; LIFE CIL's offices closed.
  • Thursday, June 2: Low Vision Support Group at Westminster Village (2025 E. Lincoln, Bloomington) 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 8: Transit Orientation 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
  • Tuesday, June 14: Flag Day
  • Tuesday, June 14: Human Services Council Meeting 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 15: CEFT Meeting 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 16: Board Development Committee Meeting 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. & Community Relations Committee Meeting 5:15 p.m. - 6: 15 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 19: Happy Father's Day!
  • Tuesday, June 21: Transition Planning Committee (TPC) Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 23: Board of Directors Meeting 5:15 p.m.
  • Monday, July 4: Independence Day Holiday; LIFE CIL offices are closed. Have a safe and happy Independence Day!
  • Thursday, July 7: Low Vision Support Group Meeting at Westminster Village (2025 E. Lincoln, Bloomington) 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 12: Human Services Council Meeting 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 13: Transit Orientation 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
  • Tuesday, July 19: Transition Planning Committee (TPC) Meeting 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 20: CEFT Meeting 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 21: Board Development Committee Meeting 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. & Community Relations Committee Meeting 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 28: Board of Directors Meeting 5:15 p.m.