U.S. District Court rules that Illinois is "in violation"

On August 11th, 2017, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman ruled that Illinois is in violation of the Ligas Consent Decree.  The Ligas decree requires the state to provide provide community-based living services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilties as an alternative to state funded Intermediate Care Faclities. 

In April, 2017, attorneys from Equip for Equality, the ACLU and the Denton's Law Firm filed a motion to compel the state to provide the resources necessary so that people with disabilities could access the community based residential services required under the decree.

In her ruling, Judge Coleman referenced evidence that showed Ilinois has not kept pace with the increasing costs of operating group homes in the community.  As a result, wages have stagnated, creating a staffing crisis that impacts the ability of providers to hire sufficient staff to meet the needs of individuals covered under the decree.

Judge Coleman noted the difficult financial situation of the State and indicated that she does not have the authority to order the state to provide the needed resources.  However, based upon the evidence submitted, Coleman ruled that Ilinois is in violation of the Ligas Consent Decree and ordered the state to come up with a plan to address the issues brought forth by Equip, ACLU and Dentons.


August 12th, 2017, Equip for Equality-ACLU-Dentons Press Release

Ligas Order Granting Motion to Enforce

April, 2017 Equip and ACLU Federal Complaint

Advocates ask federal judge to order more state resources
for developmentally disabled care
Capitol Fax 4-10-2017

1-20-2017 Monitor's Report

1-7-2016 Monitor's Report

Equip for Equality-Ligas Fact Sheet

June 15, 2011 Ligas Press Release

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