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!

 

 

WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL IS

RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!

 

WHEN:  Saturday, April 23

TIME:  Doors open and activities begin at 10 a.m.; Game starts at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Kingsley Junior High School, 303 Kingsley, Normal

The University of Illinois Wheelchair Basketball Teams will play an exhibition game against Area Athletic Coaches for Wheelchair Basketball 2016! Area Athletic Coaches include:

  • 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 will be running our concessions. There will be a silent auction with the help of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Tau Tau Chapter, 50/50 raffle, door prizes and guest appearances by Reggie Redbird and Corny from the Normal CornBelters Baseball team.

Tickets are $5, children 5 and under are free. Tickets are available in advance at LIFE Center for Independent Living’s Bloomington office, 2201 Eastland Drive, Suite 1 or can be purchased at the door.  This event is a 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

This is a fun event for the whole family! We hope to see you there!

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
  • 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.
  • 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

Questions or for more information about this event, contact Brianne at 309/663-5433 or via email at email hidden; JavaScript is required.  Check out photos from our prior events on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lifecil.

 

CALLING ALL YOUTH!

Come learn about self-empowerment, advocacy, the Disability Rights Movement, Independent Living Philosophy, and a bit about the legislative process.

     Eligibility:         Youth with disabilities, age 14 -22, who have an eagerness to experience new things!

     Particulars:       Program involves five (2 hour) classes at LIFE CIL’s Bloomington office and one day trip to Springfield to visit the Capitol.

     Classes:            Tuesdays:  April 29 through May 24

     Times:               4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

     Springfield trip: Thursday, May 12th

     Cost:                 FREE: All transportation, materials, and accommodations provided.

Anyone interested in this opportunity may contact Rickielee Benecke at LIFE Center for Independent Living at 309-663-5433 or toll-free 888-543-3245 or by email: email hidden; JavaScript is required by Tuesday, April 12.

 

 

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.

 

 

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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
  • Tuesday, February 9: Transit Orientation 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 16: Transition Planning Committee (TPC) Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 17: CEFT Meeting 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 25: Board of Directors Meeting 5:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 27: Transit Orientation 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 3: Low Vision Support Group at Westminster Village (2025 E. Lincoln, Bloomington) 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 4: Illinois Imagines Meeting 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 8: Human Services Council Meeting 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 13: Board Development Committee Meeting 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. & Community Relations Committee Meeting 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 9: Transit Orientation 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
  • Wednesday, March 9: Transportation Advisory Council (TAC) Meeting 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, March 14: Ability in Aktion Meeting 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 15: Transition Planning Committee (TPC) Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 16: CEFT Meeting 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 26: Transit Orientation 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 31: Board of Directors Meeting 5:15 p.m.
  • Friday, April 1: Illinois Imagines Meeting 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.