Group hosts benefit for people with disabilities

November 20, 2011 (CHICAGO)

Aspire helps more than 1,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities. Gov. Pat Quinn attended the event Sunday and commended the volunteers for their dedication.

"We have vision. We have Aspire. We understand how important it is that everybody counts. Everybody in, and nobody left out in Illinois. That's where we're coming from and I know everybody here believes in that message," Quinn said.

A spokesperson for the governor says he's close to a deal with lawmakers to keep seven state-run facilities for people with disabilities open through the end of the budget year, preventing 1,900 layoffs.

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