SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Developmentally disabled adults in group homes would be able to keep more of the money they earn from employment under a measure supported by state Rep. Joyce Mason, D-Gurnee.

“People who live in group homes have expenses just like anyone else, which could include new clothes, basic necessities, holiday gifts for family members and more,” Mason said. “Allowing them to spend or save the money they earn gives them a sense of independence and is the right thing to do.”

Mason voted to pass House Bill 292, which allows developmentally disabled people in group homes to retain all income they earn from employment. Currently, the facilities they live in take most of that money. The Mason-backed initiative passed both chambers of the General Assembly without opposition and awaits Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signature to become law.

“This legislation supports developmentally disabled adults, encourages their participation in the workforce and empowers them financially,” Mason said. “I appreciate my colleagues’ strong support for this bill and look forward to the positive impact it will have.”

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