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


Weekly Legislative Update – October 15, 2021


NOTE: The fall legislative veto session will be held as follows:

Week One: October 19-21, 2021

Week Two: October 26-28, 2021


The following are disability-related bills and/or issues pending in the Illinois General Assembly that are scheduled to be heard in committee during Week One of veto session:

House Executive Committee
October 20, 2021, 11:00 a.m.
Virtual Room 1
Springfield, IL


SB 251, Representative Elizabeth Hernandez

Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall provide each managed care organization with the quarterly fee-for-service facility-specific nursing component (rather than facility-specific RUG-IV nursing component) per diem along with any add-ons for enhanced care services, support component per diem, and capital component per diem effective for each nursing home under contract with the managed care organization. Provides that no managed care contract shall provide for a level of reimbursement lower than the fee-for-service rate in effect for the facility at the time service is rendered.

  • To read the full text of SB 251: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip on SB 251: Click


SB 1169, Representative Michelle Mussman

Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code in provisions concerning transition services. Makes changes relating to the definition of terms. Provides that, as a component of transition planning, a school district shall provide a student with information about the school district’s career and technical education (CTE) opportunities; sets forth what the CTE information must include. Provides that a student in high school with an individualized education program may enroll in the school district’s CTE program at any time if participation in a CTE program is consistent with the student’s transition goals. Makes changes concerning the participants in the transition planning process.

  • To read the full text of SB 1169: Click
  • To file an electronic witness slip on SB 1169: Click


NOTE: If you wish to take any action regarding any of these bills/issues, you may wish to file an electronic witness slip and/or or submit oral or written testimony to the committee holding the hearing and/or contact the members of the committee conducting the hearing and/or the legislators in your home district.  The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all legislators, both Representatives and Senators, can be found on the Illinois General Assembly website at: You may check this website to find out if any of the committee hearing dates or times have been changed, which may happen upon very short notice.


SPECIAL NOTE: Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, most committee hearings are being held remotely via the Internet.

  • To view instructions regarding the remote hearing process and how to submit oral or written testimony in the HOUSE: Click
  • To view instructions regarding the remote hearing process and how to submit oral or written testimony in the SENATE: Click


For additional information, please contact:


Cheryl R. Jansen
Public Policy Director
Equip for Equality



Last updated: October 15, 2021

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