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IVCIL Newsletter

Quarterly Newsletter



Striving to Enlighten the Path and Enrich the Journey for Persons with Disabilities

Volume 19, Issue 2, 2018









Two Dates! April 11 and April 24. Come to one or both!

Both events are 3:30 to 5:30 pm.

Both events will be held at the Illinois Network of Centers for independent Living (INCIL) office.

Location: 1 West Old State Capitol Plaza (the Myers building), Suite 501, Springfield.

INCIL serves people with disabilities in 93 of the 102 counties in Illinois!

Legislators and disability advocates are encouraged to informally gather and discuss Illinois legislative issues affecting people with disabilities.

Many Illinois legislators are great champions of disability rights;

these events are a great way to check in on what is important right now.

Legislators can share about bills they are championing, and people with disabilities will share about issues that affect their lives.

Light refreshments will be served. Please avoid wearing fragrances.

ASL interpreters will be available; other disability accommodations should be requested in advance.

The INCIL office is wheelchair accessible.

Hosting Organizations:

Access Living

Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living

Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois (SILC of Illinois)

This event is free. RSVP for either date to: Monica Hamada-Peña, mhamada@accessliving.org or (312) 640-2190

CMS Reveals New Medicare Card Design

By Seema Verma, CMS Administrator


As you may have heard, or perhaps you’ve seen a recent TV commercial, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will soon be issuing every Medicare beneficiary a new Medicare Card, without Social Security Numbers, to prevent fraud, fight identity theft, and keep taxpayer dollars safe, and to help ensure that they always put the needs of patients first.

It’s unfortunate that criminals are increasingly targeting people age 65 or older for medical identity theft, including when someone illegally uses another person’s Medicare number. An identity thief may bill Medicare for expensive services that were never provided or overbill for provided services. This can lead to inaccuracies in medical records, which can mean delayed care or denied services for patients and impacts taxpayer funding.

To help combat this, CMS will be sending all Medicare beneficiaries a new card with a unique, randomly assigned Medicare number.  It will consist of eleven characters, a combination of numbers and uppercase letters.  Because it is randomly generated, there is no connection to any other personal identifying information. This new number will replace the Social Security-based number currently used on all Medicare cards, and it’s designed to protect the personal information of Medicare beneficiaries.

CMS will begin mailing the newly designed Medicare cards in April 2018, and will replace all cards by April 2019. If you are a Medicare beneficiary, or soon will be, you don’t need to do anything, and you can start using your new card as soon as you get it.

When you get your new card, CMS will ask you to safely and securely destroy your current Medicare card.  Make sure you bring the new card to your doctors’ appointments, and always keep your new number confidential.  This will help protect your personal identity and prevent medical identity fraud because identity thieves can’t bill Medicare without a valid Medicare number. Additionally, you and your health care providers will be able to use secure online tools that we’re developing that will support quick access to your Medicare number when needed.

You’ll be hearing a lot more about this initiative in the coming weeks and months, and CMS will also help doctors and other healthcare providers get ready for the change.  They want to make this process as easy as possible for everyone involved. Above all, they want to ensure that people with Medicare and healthcare providers know about these changes well in advance and have the information needed to ensure an easy transition to the new card.



Tricia Horaney


My name is Tricia Horaney and I am the new Community Reintegration Coordinator here at the Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living.

I started at IVCIL on 03/13/2018 and I am super excited for this professional journey in my life that is also close to my heart and being able to use my personal and professional experiences to help others to live independently in the community.

In my professional experience I have served people of all age groups, all races, and all levels of functioning, in many different settings, always advocating and encouraging others to advocate for themselves.

I have worked as the Social Service Director/Marketing at Parker Nursing and Rehab Center in Streator, a Counselor and Clinical Supervisor at WestCare Foundation in Sheridan, and the Transitional Living Program/Outreach Caseworker/Safe to Learn Program Coordinator at Youth Service Bureau in Ottawa. So… I feel IVCIL is the perfect fit for me and I can’t wait to meet with you all.

I plan on making visits to consumers and area care facilities within the next month so that I can meet with each of you to put a plan in place, explain the criteria, benefits and process of the Community Reintegration Program and get the ball rolling.

If you have any questions I can be reached at 1(815)224-3126 EXT # 219

See you soon….

Ashley Purpura

Hi!  My name is Ashley Purpura.

It’s such a pleasure to be a part of the IVCIL team as your new Independent Living Specialist II, focusing especially on transitioning for young adults just out of high school.

A little bit about me, I went to College of DuPage for my first two years of college completing my associate’s degree in Fine Arts and Humanities. After completing my associate’s degree I transferred to Illinois State University where I completed my Bachelors of Science in Biological Anthropology with my minor in Sociology.

This means that I studied what it means to be a human in all capacities, ranging anywhere from language and culture to human biology and history which is especially what I studied.

When I completed my degree I hoped to find a position much like this one centered on helping others and being able to apply what I learned. I’m eager to help, and I’m excited to work and grow with IVCIL.


by Marla Michalak, Youth Advocate

 February Teen Support Group/Social

On February 16, 2018 we hosted the Teen Social "Scavenger Hunt at the Peru Mall". This was a safety scavenger hunt which included Independent Living skills. We began in the Mall looking for the mall office, safety exits, mall map, security office and then entered Marshalls and found the fire extinguisher, cooking utensils, pans and they even had food (a daily living need). We spoke to the manager on duty and she led us into the storm shelter and we talked about the reasons that you would enter the storm shelter. After we left Marshalls, we enjoyed a treat of pretzel sticks and cheese from Didoughs along with soda, water and power-aid that was on hand from IVCIL.

Parent & Community Training News

On February 22, 2018, I presented the training "Being Your Child's Advocate". We spoke about communication as a tool, when an evaluation is needed, discussing your child's needs, understanding the IEP process & eligibility for special education or a 504 plan, parental concerns agendas, and using techniques for resolving disagreements.  There were snacks provided and certificates of attendance were available.



Announcing IVCIL’s 18th Annual Teen Summit

"Transition Circus – Get Your Act Together for Adult Life!"

June 20, 2018
10:00am - 3:00pm
(Registration at 9:30am)

LaSalle County Housing Authority's
Centennial Courts Community Center
2222 N. Tonti St., LaSalle, IL



Independent Living Events

 Quarterly Young Adult Social/Support Group

“Star Studded Game Night”


Friday, April 27th from 6-8 p.m.

At the IVCIL Conference Room

Dress like your favorite movie character or actor and we’ll

play movie themed games, and enjoy snacks fit for the red carpet.

Our New Independent Living Specialist Ashley will now be in charge of this group,

please call Ashley at 815-224-3126 ext. 218 to RSVP by April 13th, and

to receive a reasonable accommodation (Personal Assistant).

Quarterly Training

Come learn how assistive technology can help people live more independently,

see a demonstration of some devices,

and learn how the low interest loan program can assist in the purchase of high cost assistive equipment.
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

Presented by Lynette Strode from Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP)  
and requests for reasonable accommodations due by Monday, May 7th


Youth Services Events

Quarterly Teen Social/Support Group


"Carnival Games & Activity Night"

Friday May 4, 2018 from 6-8 p.m.

In the IVCIL Conference room

We will be having fun trying our luck at some

Carnival type games and other activities!

Call Marla at 815-224-3126 ext. 223 to RSVP by April 23, 2018

To receive a reasonable accommodation (Personal Assistant)

Youth Services Quarterly Parent & Community Training

"Epilepsy/Seizure Awareness & Your Child"

hursday May 17, 2018

In the IVCIL Conference Room


At this FREE workshop you will learn how to:

Be able to recognize the most common types of seizures   *   Understanding the impact of epilepsy   *   Be aware of the 5 current treatment options   *   Know how to administer routine first aid and determine when a seizure is an emergency   *   What to do while at school   *   What to put into a seizure plan

Presenter: Erika Fleck, Epilepsy Foundation North Central Illinois, LaSalle Service Coordinator

To RSVP call Marla Michalak at 815-224-3126 ext. 223 by May 10, 2018

IVCIL is a United Way Member Agency.

Reasonable accommodations will be offered upon request by registration deadlines.

“Funding provided in whole or in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services”


IVCIL Socials

Join the staff for a pleasant time of fellowship and dining! 5:00 p.m. start time.

Call Lesley to confirm attendance at 815-224-3126 ext. 214 or email at ad@ivcil.com.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018---Wise Guys Bar and Grill, 2205 N. Main St., Princeton, IL

Come help Lesley celebrate her birthday!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018—Rip’s Social and Fundraiser for IVCIL, Ladd, IL 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018— IVCIL’s Annual Meeting, Dinner and Social, Peru City Hall,

1901 4th St., Peru, IL-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018— Applebee’s, 1507 36th St. (Rt. 251), Peru, IL



Thursday, April 12, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 .pm. at IVCIL

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Princeton Public Library, 698 E. Peru St.   Princeton, IL

Friday, April 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Reddick Public Library, 1010 Canal St., Ottawa, IL

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Henry City Hall, 514 Front St., Henry, IL

Tuesday, May 15, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at IVCIL

Thursday, June 7, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Lacon City Hall, 406 5th St., Lacon, IL

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at IVCIL

Advocacy Updates

Igloo Drive-In, Peru
by Cynthia Panizzi

Earlier this year, IVCIL received a complaint regarding the tables at the Igloo Drive-In being so close together that it was very difficult to maneuver a walker and/or wheelchair. Customers sitting at tables felt they must stand up and move their chair to make space for the walker and/or wheelchair. Thus, I wrote a letter to the owner informing him of the issue.  I suggested rearranging the tables and/or removing a few tables to allow more space.  Another suggestion I offered was to have one or two tables designated as accessible tables. I am happy to report the owner called me and said he ordered a new table and it will be accessible. He said he will call me when they arrive. He called again and informed me the table arrived.  He raised the tabletop and put a wheelchair sticker on it. He said it is closest to the accessible entrance and there is more space between the other tables.

Dollar Tree, Peru
by Cynthia Panizzi

In October, 2017, IVCIL received a complaint regarding lack of accessible parking in front of Dollar Tree in Peru.  Therefore, I contacted the Peru City Clerk and inquired the name and contact information of the owner.  The Peru City Clerk said his office would take of the issue. I maintained contact with him and was informed the parking lot had sufficient accessible spaces for the total number of parking spaces. I agreed but said there are no accessible spaces in front of Dollar Tree. I was informed the owner of the strip mall contacted a contractor to do the work. I looked at the parking lot several times myself and saw no progress. Therefore, I contacted the Peru City office again and was informed the owner of the strip mall was contacted but he/she did not reply.   Thus, I filed a complaint with Disability Rights Bureau and was informed an investigation has been opened.

Lou’s LaGrotto, Peru
by Cynthia Panizzi

IVCIL has recently been informed that Lou’s LaGrotto is in the process of remodeling the restrooms but they are not being made accessible.  Therefore, I wrote a letter to the owner informing her we are aware the restrooms are currently being remodeled and I provided the specifications to be accessible.

Beck’s BP, Mendota
by Cynthia Panizzi

IVCIL received a complaint regarding lack of accessible parking as well as lack of accessible seating in the dining area at Beck’s BP in Mendota.  Therefore, I wrote a letter to the owner/manager making them aware of the issue.  I also provided the specification of the Illinois Accessibility Code.

Family Home Medical, Peru

by Cynthia Panizzi

IVCIL recently received a complaint regarding lack of accessible parking signs at Family Home Medical in Peru. Therefore, I wrote a letter to the owner/manager making them aware of the issue.  I am happy to say they contacted me to ensure they order the correct signage.  They informed me signage would be ordered and installed promptly.


The following list of transportation options was updated by the Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living on March 29, 2018.  Please call the phone number of each option for further details.


Updated March 29, 2018

LaSalle Township, LaSalle


 Transportation is for LaSalle Township residents, with service to Ottawa on Tuesday mornings. Transportation is available to Social Security office in Peru and local doctor appointments. They are closed on Thursdays. Hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. They have a minivan - there is no lift and there is no charge. Call for more information.

City Cab Shuttle

815-224-8294 Illinois Valley Area

815-830-3389 Ottawa Area

City Cab Shuttle is a local service for residents. Vehicle does not have a wheelchair lift, but if person is able to enter the vehicle (unassisted) then wheelchair can be placed in the back. This does need to be discussed with them directly and you are to call to schedule your transportation needs because they do shift work with their services. They operate 24 hours, 7 days a week.

MASS- Mendota Area Senior Services, Inc.


MASS provides transportation services for persons age 60 and over in all of LaSalle County, and to persons under the age of 60, who have disabilities. Wheelchair accessible vans are available. Call for more information. Donations are appreciated.  Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8:00AM – 5:00PM.

St. Elizabeth Medical Center - OSF


Care-A-Van is designed to provide transportation for patients who find it difficult to get to the hospital or to their doctor's office for medical care. Services are provided to patients of physicians and dentists on staff at St. Elizabeth, if you live within 8 miles of St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Ottawa. This service is not limited to the elderly. Some restrictions apply.  Hours of Operation: Care-A-Van operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All rides should be pre-scheduled as much in advance as possible. Rides are on a first come first serve basis.  There is no charge.

   NCAT-City of Ottawa Mini-Bus

833-433-NCAT (6228)

The City of Ottawa have buses which follow pre-determined daily routes that include stops at senior hi-rises and apartment complexes, South Towne Mall, grocery, drug and some retail stores.  Other stops can be requested on an as-needed basis.  The City’s mini-buses operate from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays and are accessible.  Call with any questions regarding this service. There is a bus schedule available online at www.cityofottawa.org. Fee: $2.00 per one-way ride, (if scheduled: $2.50 per one-way ride)


877-874-8813 in Princeton

Bureau & Putnam Area Rural Transit (B-PART) is a public transportation service for the general public, as well as an ADA transportation service for the elderly and persons with disabilities, providing for the Bureau and Putnam County area. B-PART provides service to everyone in the community, with no restriction on age or ability. Whether you need a ride to work, school, the grocery store, your bank, or just to visit family, call B-PART.  Please call at least 24 hours in advance.  Fares:  $2.50 in town, $4.00 in county (for the entire two county service area), $4.00 Intercity to LaSalle-Peru/Oglesby, (free for children under 12 accompanied by an adult) $4.50 from Princeton/Putnam to LaSalle/Peru.  *All preceding fares are one-way.  Round Trip Fare to IVCC is $8 for local city pick-up/drop-off points. A personal caregiver may accompany a rider free of charge.

MSW Project, Henry


Transportation is available for Marshall and Stark Counties.  Fares: local in-town round-trip $3, in county round-trip $5, out-of-county round-trip (less than 15 miles one-way) $6.  Transport over 15 miles one-way $15 round-trip. A $10 fee for scheduled day trips.  Donations are accepted for persons 60 years of age and older. Prices are less for short trips.  No charge for additional stops.  They do not accept public aid.  They also have accessible vans.  Call for specific details.

Checker Cab


Taxi service – not wheelchair accessible- CASH or Credit Card only

IVCIL Thanks the following individuals, families, and businesses for their

donations and /or memberships…

January - March 2018


Ismael Ceballos

Joseph Dooley

Mary Fullerton

Chris Johnson

Lori Keenan

Ron Korsan

Jane Kunkel

Sara Torman

Employees from Eureka Savings Bank


Ronald & Anne Christensen

Joseph Dooley

Sharon Phillips

Greg & Jan Stanmar

Robert & Wreatha Studzinski

Horizon House