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Advancing the Human & Civil Rights of People with Disabilities in Illinois


Following EFE’s Emergency Motion, State of Illinois makes $76 million in payments for people with developmental disabilities, but has to tell court when outstanding payments will be made.

Statement from Equip for Equality on Today’s Hearing in Ligas v. Norwood Photo of EFE client, Stanley Ligas after a Fairness Hearing, standing with EFE staff, Barry Taylor and Laura Miller

(Chicago, August 26, 2015) Today, Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman heard an emergency motion in Ligas v. Norwood in which the State was required to explain why it has failed to make the court-ordered payments for people with developmental disabilities. The Judge had ordered the State to make payments for people with developmental disabilities by August 18, but payments were not made, and the State failed to inform the Judge why it did not comply with the Court’s order. The State informed the Court that last night it made payments of $76 million for providers serving people with developmental disabilities in small community settings. However, these payments do not cover all the payments required under the Judge’s order. The Judge ordered the State to submit in writing by August 28 at noon 1) which payments have been made, and 2) which payments have not been paid, and 3) when the outstanding payments will be paid.

“People with developmental disabilities have been needlessly put at risk of serious harm because of the State’s failure to comply with the Judge’s order,” said Barry C. Taylor, VP for Civil Rights and Systemic Litigation at Equip for Equality and lead counsel in the Ligas case. “While we are pleased that the State has finally begun to make the mandated payments, we will not rest until all services for all of our clients have been paid for by the State.”

Read the Judge’s Order on August 26, 2015.




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