1314 West Walnut,

Jacksonville, Illinois 62650

Off: 217-245-9504

Fax: 217-245-2350  

Email: ecc@elmcity.org

Web page: www.elmcity.org

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Welcome to Elm City Center!

Providing services to people with disabilities since 1959

A Community Based Agency Providing Work, Vocational, Residential and Social Services

  • We help people with disabilities be independent and live in the community.
  • We serve over 200 people a day.
  • We have over 100,000 square feet of production space with 9 docks and over $500,000 of shrink-wrap packaging equipment. Our customers are in retail stores through out North America. We can provide specialized packaging in almost any volume.
  • We offer certified confidential shredding for documents.
  • We have residential programs throughout Jacksonville.
  • We have been nationally accredited by  CARF since 1972.


Coalition to overide Governor Rauner's Veto of HB 5931 - $15 an hour DSP salary

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) earn low wages because state payments to support individuals in the community have not increased in nearly a decade. Low wages for DSPs result in high employee turnover and an inability to hire new workers.  Community providers are relying more on overtime to cover shifts, leading to staff burnout. In some cases, shifts can't be covered, putting individuals at risk. The Community Disability Living Wage Act (HB 5931), which would have provided DSPs a living wage, was vetoed by Governor Rauner in August.



During the Fall Veto Session of the General Assembly beginning Nov 15, the legislature will have an opportunity to OVERRIDE the Governor's veto and make this important bill the law. We all need to work together these next few weeks to support the override.


The most powerful voices in this Campaign are those of families, individuals themselves and friends and supporters who vote in local elections.  Take action today!  Call you your State Representative and Senator to urge their support for the veto override.

Click here to find your lawmaker's phone number.

It is critically important that all legislators - including those that voted yes on the bill originally - commit to voting "yes" to override the Governor's veto of HB 5931.   You can take the links below to see how your Senator and Representative voted on the original bill - so you can remind him or her they voted "yes" and ask them to stay with us.If he or she voted "no" you can urge them to take this opportunity to change that vote and support DSPs!.  

 See how your legislator voted: Senate Roll Call on HB 5931                       House Roll Call on HB 5931 

Direct Service Professional do a terrific job with the people we serve on a daily basis. Unfortunately the average DSP salary in Illinois if $9.35 because of the rates paid by the state for the services provided by community providers like Elm City are so low. DSP positions have become very hard to fill and keep filled because the pay is so low. HB 5931 proposed raising the rates to to a salary level of $15 an hour. It was passed overwhelmingly by the House and the Senate, while Governor Rauner vetoed it as too expensive. What follows outlines the agreed activities outlined by the Coalition aimed at arriving at a successful override of the Governorís total veto of the Community Disability Living Wage Act (HB 5931) during the Veto Session in late November.  CLICK here to read the Coalition action plan and take part.


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As we head into winter, it is time to remind everyone how we handle potential closures due to weather conditions. Normally, if Jacksonville School district 117 closes due to weather (severe cold, heavy snow, bad storms) Elm City will also close our Walnut campus. This year, 117 may use a delayed start of 1-2 hours. We may do the same. There is no way to perfectly predict what the weather will be this season. In any case listen to local radio for the latest news: WLDS 1180 am/WEAI 107.1 fm  and WJVO 105.0 fm/WJIL 1550 am


We have received notice that CARF will be here Nov 16, 2016-Nov18, 2016 for our accreditation review. Division of Mental Health (DMH) and the State Use regulations  both require national accreditation. Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has been the standard we have followed since ir was first almost 40 years ago. Division of Developmental Disability no longer requires CARF, but the verbiage of accreditation is starting to bubble back up


The remodeling of our two most recent homes is done.  One HOME IS100% accessible by people in wheel chairs. The other will simply be a regular home. Both homes:

  • Are large, converted duplexes with four bedrooms. 

  • Have laundry facilities with washer and dryer

  • Each home will have 24 hour staff to assist with whatever needs to be done.

  • Are in nice, well maintained residential neighborhoods.

We are on the market for two more homes that meet the CILA requirements. By the time this is all done we will have 6 group homes and over 20 apartments throughout Jacksonville. We have been talking with DDD Transitions about people we know who moved from JDC and want to return to Jacksonville. We are also open to people on Puns, part of Ligas. or simply looking to transition from home to independence.

This home is 100% wheelchair accessible with very large bathroom, roll in 5 foot and 6 foot wide showers, an extra large kitchen, a covered outdoor deck, and large living areas. SEE SHILOH DETAILS

This home has an extra large kitchen, enclosed breezeway, two living rooms, a three car garage, and many closets. SEE WESTFAIR DETAILS

If you know someone with a disability who is looking for a residential setting or you simply want more information contact Julie Pikert or Cyndy Claussen at 217-245-9504.


Buildings often have a past that is very different from current operations. Believe it or not, our Admin building used to be the home for WJJY-TV in 1969-1971 which served Jacksonville, Springfield, and Quincy. WJJY-TV was the most powerful TV station in the nation and one of the tallest structures in the hemisphere.  On Columbus Day, 2014 we were visited by J. Mitch Hopper who was one of the first employees and worked with Chief Engineer, Harold Eskew in mounting equipment, running wires under the control room floor, installing many of the thousands of connectors. He also installed the basic telephone system we still use today. He stayed with the station as a staff engineer/technician and ran many of the on-air shifts as well as being the primary film editor. He has a website: http://www.brainmist.com/wjjy_tv/wjjy_tv.htm that talks about the stationís history and how they went out of business. Their studio was located where our lunch room currently exists.  The real floor is 3 feet below the current floor which we raised when we built the lunch room several years ago. The engineering room is now a large meeting room. The base of the relay tower that sent the pictures to the transmittal tower in Bluffs still exists on our property. Years later, the Bluffs transmission tower crashed down during an extremely heavy ice storm. Elm City bought the TV property and moved in after it had been empty for several years. Will Elm City still be here 45 years from now? What do you think people will say about us then?

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