Empowering People with Disabilities through Independent Living - DHS 4041

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

State of Illinois
Department of Human Services

Independent Living

DHS-DRS Empowering People with Disabilities through Independent Living

The Illinois Department of Human Services' Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) fully embraces the belief that independent living means people with disabilities have the right to control their lives by making informed choices that enable them to actively participate in all aspects of society.

Through the Independent Living Program, DRS funds a statewide network of

Centers for Independent Living that provides accessible programs and services designed to help all people with disabilities live more independently.

Centers for Independent Living are:

  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Consumer-controlled organizations
  • Managed by persons with disabilities
  • Non-residential organizations
  • Community-based organizations

Centers for Independent Living must offer:

  • Advocacy
  • Peer counseling
  • Information and referral services
  • Independent living skills training

Other services Centers for Independent Living may offer include:

  • Community reintegration programs
  • Personal assistance programs
  • Housing services
  • Accessibility services
  • Job readiness training
  • Youth programs

Clearly, Centers for Independent Living are not social service agencies - they are agents for social change.

To locate the Center for Independent Living nearest you, call the DRS Independent Living Unit:

Springfield -  217-782-9689 (Voice and TTY); 217-557-9036 (Fax) or

Chicago -  312-814-4037 (Voice and TTY); 312-814-4351 (Fax)

Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago
115 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60654
312-640-2100(Voice), 888-253-7003(TTY)

Serving City of Chicago

Advocates for Access
4450 N. Prospect Road, Suite C8
Peoria Heights, Illinois 61616
309-682-3500(Voice), 309-682-3567(TTY)

Serving Fulton, Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford

DuPage Center for Independent Living
739 Roosevelt Road, Building 8 Suite 109
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
630-469-2300(Voice and TTY)

Serving DuPage

FITE Center for Independent Living
1230 Larkin Avenue
Elgin, Illinois 60123
847-695-5818(Voice and TTY)

Serving Kane, Kendall, and McHenry

Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living
18 Gunia Drive
LaSalle, Illinois 61301-9712
815-224-3126(Voice), 815-224-8271(TTY)

Serving Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam, and Stark

Illinois-Iowa Center for Independent Living
3708 11th Street, P.O. Box 6156
Rock Island, Illinois 61204-6156
309-793-0090(Voice), 309-793-0693(TTY)

Serving Henry, Mercer, and Rock Island in Illinois and Clinton, Muscatine, and Scott in Iowa

Impact Center for Independent Living
2735 East Broadway
Alton, Illinois 62002
618-462-1411(Voice), 618-474-5308(TTY)

Serving Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, and Bond

Jacksonville Area Center for Independent Living
15 Permac Road
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
217-245-8371(Voice and TTY)

Serving Mason, Scott, Cass, and Morgan

Lake County Center for Independent Living
377 North Seymour Avenue
Mundelein, Illinois 60060
847-949-4440(Voice and TTY)

Serving Lake

Living Independence For Everyone
2201 Eastland Drive, Suite #1
Bloomington, Illinois 61704
309-663-5433(Voice), 309-663-0054(TTY)

Serving Dewitt, Ford, Livingston, and McLean

LINC, Inc.
#1 Emerald Terrace, Suite 200
Swansea, Illinois 62226
618-235-9988(Voice), 618-235-0451(TTY)

Serving St. Clair, Monroe, and Randolph

Northwestern Illinois Center for Independent Living
229 First Avenue, Suite #2
Rock Falls, Illinois 61071-1239
815- 625-7860(Voice), 815-625-7863(TTY)

Serving Carroll, Lee, Ogle, JoDaviess, and Whiteside

Opportunities for Access
4206 Williamson Place, Suite 3
Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864
618-244-9212(Voice), 618-244-9575(TTY)

Serving Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Jefferson, Marion, Washington, Wayne, White, Edwards, Hamilton, and Wabash

Options Center for Independent Living
22 Heritage Drive, Suite 107
Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914
815-936-0100(Voice), 815-936-0132(TTY)

Serving Kankakee and Iroquois

Persons Assuming Control of their Environment
1317 East Florida Avenue, #27
Urbana, Illinois 61801
217-344-5433(Voice), 217-344-5024(TTY)

Serving Champaign, Douglas, Edgar, Piatt, and Vermilion

Progress Center for Independent Living
7521 Madison Street
Forest Park, Illinois 60130
708-209-1500(Voice), 708-209-1827(TTY)

Serving Suburban Cook

Regional Access and Mobilization Project
202 Market Street
Rockford, Illinois 61107
815-968-7567(Voice), 815-968-2401(TTY)

Serving Boone, Dekalb, Stephenson, and Winnebago

Southern Illinois Center for Independent Living
2135 West Ramada Lane
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
618-457-3318(Voice and TTY)

Serving Franklin, Jackson, Perry, Williamson, Gallatin, Hardin, and Saline

Soyland Access for Independent Living
2449 Federal Drive
Decatur, Illinois 62526
217-876-8888(Voice and TTY)

Serving Macon, Moultrie, Shelby, Cumberland, Clark, and Coles

Springfield Center for Independent Living
330 South Grand Avenue West
Springfield, Illinois 62704
217-523-2587(Voice), 217-523-4032(TTY)

Serving Christian, Logan, Menard, Montgomery, and Sangamon

Stone-Hayes Center for Independent Living
39 North Prairie
Galesburg, Illinois 61401
309-344-1306(Voice and TTY)

Serving Henderson, Knox, and Warren

West Central Illinois Center for Independent Living
300 Maine, Suite 104
Quincy, Illinois 62301
217-223-0400(Voice), 217-223-0475(TTY)

Serving Adams, Pike, Brown, Schuyler, Hancock, and McDonough

Will/Grundy Center for Independent Living
2415 A West Jefferson Street
Joliet, Illinois 60435
815-729-0162(Voice), 815-729-2085(TTY)

Serving Will and Grundy

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Illinois Department of Human Services

Division of Rehabilitation Services

Illinois Department of Human Services

Division of Rehabilitation Services

Independent Living Unit

100 South Grand Avenue East

P.O. Box 19429

Springfield, Illinois 62794-9429

Programs, activities and employment opportunities in the Illinois Department of Human Services are open and accessible to any individual or group without regard to age, sex, race, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin or religion. The department is an equal opportunity employer and practices affirmative action and reasonable accommodation programs.

DHS 4041 (R-06-13) DRS/Independent Living

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