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Isabel’s morning briefing

Wednesday, Mar 8, 2023 - Posted by Isabel Miller

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  1. - Dr. M - Wednesday, Mar 8, 23 @ 7:50 am:

    This line from the ProPublica article about relocating Choate residents is a massive indictment of how Illinois treats people with severe cognitive disabilities:

    “The number of people, nearly 15,000, on its waitlist for community-based services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is one of the largest in the country.”

    I hope the negative attention Choate has received results in Pritzker prioritizing the abysmal state of care and services for the most vulnerable among us. Day programs are desperately needed for persons who remain with their families, for instance. More group homes in the community must be funded. Covid closed a lot of these people. We have a triple crisis of limited child care, elder care, and care for those with disabilities in this states. I hope moving Choate residents is not perceived as an end to the issues but rather a beginning of a long road toward addressing them.


  2. - Dr. M - Wednesday, Mar 8, 23 @ 7:50 am:

    This line from the ProPublica article about relocating Choate residents is a massive indictment of how Illinois treats people with severe cognitive disabilities:

    “The number of people, nearly 15,000, on its waitlist for community-based services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is one of the largest in the country.”

    I hope the negative attention Choate has received results in Pritzker prioritizing the abysmal state of care and services for the most vulnerable among us. Day programs are desperately needed for persons who remain with their families, for instance. More group homes in the community must be funded. Covid closed a lot of these people. We have a triple crisis of limited child care, elder care, and care for those with disabilities in this state. I hope moving Choate residents is not perceived as an end to the issues but rather a beginning of a long road toward addressing them.


  3. - Friendly Bob Adams - Wednesday, Mar 8, 23 @ 8:04 am:

    Good news on changes at Choate. Hopefully they can close it down eventually. No sympathy for the abusive workers and those covering up for them.


  4. - Stuck in Celliniland - Wednesday, Mar 8, 23 @ 8:28 am:

    The article about Musk mocking the disabled Twitter employee seems to me eerily reminiscent of Blago listing a deceased state employee on his “to be fired” list in his first few days as Governor, as well as bringing his example up when announcing the crackdown on accumulation of unused vacation time (implying that he may not have died had he taken his vacation days). Sick and classless in both examples.


  5. - Anyone Remember - Wednesday, Mar 8, 23 @ 8:41 am:

    Good Luck to the effort for a 4 lane highway from Southern Illinois to Metro St. Louis. Though the map doesn’t show it connecting to I-255 (or I-57 / US 51, either).


  6. - JoanP - Wednesday, Mar 8, 23 @ 8:54 am:

    = at least part of the 300-acre Grant Park . . . will be closed to Chicagoans for 83 days this summer =

    A major reason I did not vote for Lightfoot. I’m sick of this. It’s not like we have a long summer.


  7. - Blue Dog - Wednesday, Mar 8, 23 @ 11:09 am:

    dumping a 4 lane highway into rt 3 at Waterloo is a disaster. 7 stop lights with 8 more coming.


  8. - Sir Reel - Wednesday, Mar 8, 23 @ 11:29 am:

    Why not have 4-lane highways between every town of 10,000 or so and bigger towns? Makes as much sense.

    I often take the Central Illinois Expressway (I-72) from Springfield to Hannibal to continue west on US 36. It’s one of my favorite roads. Hardly any traffic. That bridge over the Illinois River is a work of art. Cost millions, messed with Bald Eagle habitat and cut through a State Fish & Wildlife Area. Usually have it all to myself. Great public investment.


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