SB 278 Signed Into Law

This past weekend, Gov. Quinn signed into law SB 278, which codifies the Human Services Commission, validating the important role this body continues to play in efforts to develop efficient and effective delivery of high-quality human services across the state. The Commission is comprised of members with expertise in both the public and private sectors and includes representatives from the legislature, the State’s major human service agencies, human service advocates and community-based providers. Since 2009, the Commission has undertaken a systemic review of human services programs in Illinois and provided the Governor and General Assembly with recommendations for improvement. SB 278 passed both houses of the General Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan majorities during the Spring legislative session. With his signature, Gov. Quinn signaled the need for the Commission’s work to proceed. United Way has been part of the Commission since its inception and fought for the passage of SB 278. Through our advocacy efforts, United Way was an important voice in urging legislators to pass the bill. Throughout the state, nonprofits are doing the valiant work in order to sustain their programs and services as revenue decreases and demand increases. United Way’s community-impact plan, LIVE UNITED 2020, continues to ensure individuals and families in more than 40 communities of greatest need receive the education, income and health resources they need to thrive. Photo Credit: America’s Wildlife

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