CISA began as one office trying to help disabled people find
services. The agency has expanded to the current 18 offices in nine
counties in Illinois. McGlauchlen said that there are offices in
Pekin and Springfield, and it has been a consideration for many
years to build in Lincoln to offer a more centralized location.
CISA has purchased property near where the new Shell station and
Midwest Records Storage Inc. are located in Lincoln's new business
district off Woodlawn Road.
CISA is an independent service agency and advocate that primarily
serves people with developmental disabilities or those with brain
CISA is 100 percent state-funded. Though their services are paid
for from programs offered through the state of Illinois, with some
matching federal funds, McGlauchlen emphasized that they are not
state or government employees. Neither are they affiliated with any
other group, business or agency serving the disabled, such as CILAs
CISA helps identify client needs, find and secure the services
that are needed, and then provides ongoing follow-ups to see if
changes are needed and that there is no abuse taking place. Not
being government employees permits them to serve as unbiased
advocates in the selection of services and supervision of the
quality of services and protects the clients from abuse.
McGlauchlen pointed out that staff, clients and their families
would be coming into town, using restaurants, sometimes using motels
and also making retail purchases that would contribute to the local
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Of the 38 staff members, 10 to 15 would be coming to the Lincoln
office daily. They also anticipate expanding their work force with
the opening of the new office. There is a new state-sponsored child
program, and they would try to draw from the local population for
the four to five new employees needed for that program. They would
also need to pay people for building and grounds maintenance.
McGlauchlen said that they would also be talking up Lincoln
around the state.
City attorney Bill Bates pointed out that they are asking for the
same type of bond issue as the city has done for Lincoln College and
Lincoln Christian College for their building projects.
The only difference is that this business would not generate
direct tax revenues for the city, as the property is located in the
enterprise zone and is a service-based operation. Ancillary revenue
would be generated by people coming into the community
spending money and from the new jobs.
Bates reminded the council that there is no risk to the city when
issuing these bonds.
The one concern that he had was that CISA has already started the
bond process with a different bond agent than the city has been
working with, and the bonds would be issued by a Peoria bank. He
would rather see them use First Midstate, as the city and he have
had good experiences with them.
He added that the city can issue up to $10 million in industrial
bonds a year and has not issued any this year
The bonds are tax-exempt and would give the agency assistance in
acquiring lower cost financing.
CISA is asking for $1.4 million in bonds.