From: John Gordon, Chairman Illinois Committee of Blind Vendors
Date: February 17, 2003
Subject: Decision on the evidentiary hearing between the Illinois Committee of Blind Vendors and the Department of Human Services / Office of Rehabilitation Services / Business Enterprise Program for the Blind
I would like to get together with you and your staff soon to discuss the findings and recommended decisions of Mr. William Jordan an impartial hearing officer dated January 06, 2003 who presided over the evidentiary hearing between the Illinois Committee of Blind Vendors and the Business Enterprise Program for the Blind.
Mr. Jordan has ruled in our favor and I would like to immediately discuss the implementation of the award. It is my hope that we can come to some type of agreement on expenses as Mr. Jordan clearly opened the door of opportunity for many grievances to be filed in the upcoming months.
With this in mind it seems to me that hundreds of thousands of dollars can be saved/minimized by avoiding several future individual grievances. We can surely do everything possible to settle in advance those locations in which there is clear liability on the part of the State Licensing Agency and come to a mutual agreement to the amount to be provided by the State in each instance.
ORS Director, Ms. Chris Smith
Deputy Director, Bettye Odem-Davis
BEPB Administrator, Mr. Paul Drake
Legal Council, Robert Humphreys