In this Feb. 27, 2012, file photo, a residential building at the Jacksonville Developmental Center is seen during a media tour of the facility.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
December 30, 2016

Report: Auction Preceded Move To Group Homes In Illinois

A published report details problems during former Gov. Pat Quinn's administration as Illinois closed an institution for adults withdevelopmental disabilities. The Chicago Tribune reports state officials required
group home operators to promise not to undermine the closure plans - or risk getting no referrals to fill beds. The Tribune reports 67 businesses signed a loyalty pledge to avoid being shut out of referrals in what amounted to an auction.


The U of I's Josh George, winner of Chicago Marathons in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2014.
Josh George
August 12, 2016

U Of I Athlete George Talks Sunday Event In Champaign, Growing Popularity Of Paralympians

With all the attention on the Summer Olympics in Rio, some may not know that more events will be held in the city about three weeks from now.  Seven athletes from the University of Illinois are currently competing there, but seventeen others with connections to the Urbana campus are prepping for the Paralympics, starting September 7.  There's a chance to meet these athletes in downtown Champaign Sunday, including 4-time medialist Josh George.


Mike Madigan and Amanda Vinicky
Steve Brown
August 01, 2016

Madigan On Illinois Issues; United Way; Sunscreen; Scientists With Disabilities

On the 21st: We heard highlights from a recent interview with Speaker Michael Madigan, and learned about how the state budget impasse is impacting a non-governmental organization that supports social service agencies across the state. We also talked about the science of sunscreen and met a chemistry graduate student who wants to raise awareness about scientists with disabilities.


Illinois Capitol
Wikipedia
June 30, 2016

Budget Impasse Taking A Toll On Area Social Service Agencies

One of the biggest casualties of the year-long budget impasse in Illinois has been social service agencies that receive funding from the state. Sue Grey is the president and CEO of the United Way of Champaign County. Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline spoke with Grey about the effects of the budget impasse on social service agencies in the area.


Offices of the Illinois Radio Reader Service at WILL
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 21, 2016

Radio Reader Secures Funding To Resume Local Broadcasts

Due to the state budget impasse, WILL's broadcasts of newspapers and magazines on special radios for the visually impaired ended on January 1, going to a network-only service.  Funding has been secured to resume those broadcasts through the rest of the fiscal year, starting Monday.


2012 photo of Paralympian and NWBA president Sarah Castle
University of Missouri at Kansas City
November 14, 2015

Wheelchair Basketball Group Looks To Build On Nugent’s Vision

University of Illinois wheelchair athlete and graduate Sarah Castle is the president of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association, founded nearly 70 years ago by 'Father of Accessibility' Tim Nugent, who died this week.  "His passion and his love for the game, but also his desire for the well-being of every athlete was completly apparent," she said.


Tim Nugent before in an interview with Illinois Public Media in January.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
November 11, 2015

Tim Nugent, The ‘Father of Accessibility’ at U of I, Dies at 92

Nugent died Wednesday morning.  For years, he advocated for wheelchair-accessible buses, curb cuts, and other amenities that those with disabilities have now used for many years.  His time with the U of I goes back to the late 1940's, when he helped wounded veterans coming back from World War II.


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