New law makes employment for those with disabilities a priority in Illinois

By WEEK Producer

New law makes employment for those with disabilities a priority in Illinois

July 16, 2013 Updated Jul 16, 2013 at 3:26 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Governor Pat Quinn is working to make employment for people with disabilities a priority for state agencies.

On Tuesday, Quinn signed the “Employment First Act” which requires all state agencies to work together to make competitive employment for people with disabilities a priority and establish measurable goals and objectives for the state.

The Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force will monitor progress and all state agencies will be required to share data and information and ensure all policies, procedures and practices are aligned to these goals and objectives.

The task force includes advocates, individuals with disabilities, business community members, disability services providers, representatives of state agencies and other stakeholders.

The law is effective immediately.

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