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
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
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