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, Disability Rights Advocate 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.PACE is doing 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 Listening Session Scheduled

Connect Transit will host a public listening session as part of its Comprehensive Operational Analysis.  Employees of the transit system and Connect Transit Board members will be soliciting ideas, comments, and thoughts from Bloomington-Normal citizens about proposed route changes and service expansion. The session will take place:

Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm in the 4th Floor Multipurpose Room at Uptown Station, 11 Uptown Circle, Normal, IL.  61761

This session is designed to provide a convenient forum for members of the community to share feedback and conversation about the future of Connect Transit routes and services in relation to Connect Transit’s COA surveys, input sessions, and data collection.  No decisions will be made at this time.

In addition to the listening session, the Connect Transit Board of Trustees is accepting public comments via email at email hidden; JavaScript is required and via USPS to Connect Transit Board of Trustees, c/o Connect Transit, 351 Wylie Drive, Normal, IL. 61761 by 5pm on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.  The Board of Trustees will vote on the proposed route changes on May 24th at the regular Connect Transit Board Meeting.

For more information on Connect Transit bus services, call Connect Transit at (309) 828-9833 or log on at www.connect-transit.com.

 

 

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!

 

Connect Transit services will NOT

operate on Memorial Day

Connect Transit services will not operate on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. It is one of six major holidays on which the agency does not provide service.

Connect Transit Administrative Services will also be closed on Memorial Day. Riders needing to purchase bus passes and or tokens can do so at partner locations around town such as: Jewel Food Stores, Hy-Vee, Meijer, and Kroger.  Detailed bus pass information can be found at www.connect-transit.com.

For more information on Connect Transit bus services, call Connect Transit at

(309) 828-9833 or log on at www.connect-transit.com.

Connect Transit has provided safe, reliable and affordable public transportation to the Bloomington-Normal community since 1972.

 

 

 

 

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.  If you are a resident of the state of Illinois, have a landline telephone and are hard of hearing, you could qualify for a FREE amplified telephone and be able to stay in touch with your family, friends and loved ones over the phone.

If you are interested in receiving an application or if you have questions about the program, please contact one of our offices and talk with either Brianne in our Bloomington office or Nicole in our Pontiac office.

 

 

Like us on Facebook!

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.