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Sign the Petition for Illinois School for the Deaf

June 18, 2009

Help State Representative Jim Watson Tell Governor Quinn to “Quit Playing Political Games with the Children and Families in Our Community!” Your Support is Needed to Save Illinois School for the Deaf and Illinois School for the Visually Impaired.

Please fill out this petition to voice your support for ISD, ISVI, and all the families and special needs children that would be devastated by the closure of these facilities. Rep. Watson will personally deliver the petitions to Governor Quinn.

Please sign your name, city, state , what year you graduated, or supporter

Click: https://fookembug.wordpress.com/2009/06/18/sign-the-petition-for-illinois-school-for-the-deaf/#respond to sign in.

Spread the words to your family and friends. We NEED your support! Thank you, the Fookembug Editors.

Categories: Announcement
  1. June 18, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Jim Lomanto, Chicago, IL (’67)

  2. June 18, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Jason Lomanto, Chicago, IL (’93)

  3. June 18, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Dino Lomanto, Chicago, IL (’91)

  4. Bug
    June 18, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Eric Fifer, Denver, CO (Supporter)

  5. Amanda Gean
    June 18, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Amanda Gean, Granite City, IL (class of ’09 at ISD) (Supporter)

  6. Janette Browning
    June 19, 2009 at 12:18 am

    class of 09 supporter

  7. Dominique Bacon
    June 19, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Dominique bacon, chicago, il class of 2007

  8. Pauline W.
    June 19, 2009 at 12:24 am

    A new ISD student this year, and wants to graduate there.

  9. Edward Nugent
    June 19, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Edward Nugent , Vancouver, WA (my Deaf families went to ISD from 1887 to 1945)

  10. Joseph Holmberg
    June 19, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Joseph Holmberg (former Illinoisan but never went to ISD)

  11. A.J
    June 19, 2009 at 12:37 am

    A.J. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, (supporter)

  12. June 19, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Tom Mow (graduated from ISD with Jim)

    Deb Ann Mow (supporter from CO)

  13. William J. Smith
    June 19, 2009 at 12:45 am

    William J. Smith, Helena, Montana *class of 2007*

  14. Carol
    June 19, 2009 at 1:03 am

    Carol Kassel….supporter

  15. shannon
    June 19, 2009 at 1:12 am


  16. Jean Boutcher
    June 19, 2009 at 1:25 am


  17. Kimberly Curry
    June 19, 2009 at 1:34 am


  18. Ralph Shreeman
    June 19, 2009 at 1:58 am

    Class of 71. SURPRISED! Please don’t close this school cuz deaf students need to educate good subjects and grow up to experience social than public and not interpreters, right! So, keep to stay.

  19. Robert Barrett
    June 19, 2009 at 2:01 am

    Robert Barrett ’68 supporter!!! Pls ISD open…..

  20. June 19, 2009 at 2:09 am

    Chicago, Illinois
    Class of 2009.

  21. Abe Campbell
    June 19, 2009 at 6:48 am

    St. Louis, MO

  22. Janice Mancill
    June 19, 2009 at 6:50 am

    Janice Katzel-Mancill went to ISD in 1965-67 Supporter PLS KEEP ISD OPEN!!!

  23. Charles R Hawkins
    June 19, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Dear Gov of IL I think that was wrong to close Illinois school for deaf. Because some children have hard time to learn at mainstream school. Better for them go to ISD & teacher can study children’s problem, Teacher can help them better in future their life. One thing my suggest u why not to close one or two University to closeso u can save money. I think all who work for Gov they are too much play game. OK why not close 1 or 2University. In Illinois have too many university OK take 1 or 2 university. Charles Hawkins ( leave school 1956) I think should save school for deaf. Be Sake deaf childrens!!!

  24. Kimberly Mokris
    June 19, 2009 at 7:07 am

    A successful Class of 1991 alumni. ISD carries a valuable education, life changing experience and memories for everyone including those who did not graduate from ISD. ISD is like a family to many of us. Please keep ISD open as our current and future generations need ISD! It is very selfish of the politicians to ignore Deaf and Visual Impaired people’s needs! Mainstreamed schools basically are worthless for us, Deaf people! They oppress us when we are so much capable of doing a lot of things while ISD promotes our independency and success. Please please keep ISD open!

  25. Lori Krakora
    June 19, 2009 at 7:23 am

    I am a supporter of ISD. I want to know why ISD has to be targeted with the budget cuts.

  26. donna strowmatt
    June 19, 2009 at 7:29 am

    i graduated from this school and i feel they should stay open cuz i had good life after i graduated from isd. so i persuade to keep the school open for life of many people who
    is disabilty.

  27. Marene Clark-Mattern
    June 19, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Please realize that the staff skills at the Illinois School for the Deaf are of inestimable value – keep ISD open! I was ‘mainstreamed’ during the late 1950’s through 60’s WITHOUT interpreters. Back then, there was little advertising about a school for the deaf – obviously, I was just a ‘head count for the money’ at the local school district! From 1965-1968 so much of the education I had received at ISD opened doors for me – “saved by eight fingers and two thumbs’! Participation in class discussions and after-school activities helped my self-esteem. I am a 1975 graduate of Gallaudet University and am a proud retiree of the Illinois School for the Deaf! Please keep ISD open!

  28. Sandra L Dye-Harris
    June 19, 2009 at 7:44 am

    I went at school in ISD 1962-1967. I would be graduate in 1969. I am real supporter and keep open!!

  29. David Mattern
    June 19, 2009 at 7:47 am

    I am a former staff member of ISD fully support the drive to keep ISD open.. I have seen many young men grow and become better citizens due to the structure of ISD.. I myself am hearing impaired, but never had the opportunity to attend a deaf school until I began working there at Illinois School for the Deaf…The students developed such confidence through the skills of the ISD staff that they have become well-rounded individuals.

  30. Terry Wilkerson
    June 19, 2009 at 8:17 am

    i was there 170 unilt 1980 they kick out me but i still love isd better than any hear school i was in chicago and i hate there i still miss isd than my hish school in chicago. plases keeping open it Becuse grov want spend more than isd what i think so they forget watch money our tax go to school not isd other school spend money than isd why diffend ?? more money spend on inpter there is too inpter in all illinois hear school and what i think grov need save lot money not spend on inpter all school

  31. Barbara Lockwood Joseph
    June 19, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Please save ISD for our better deaf education and community and place we keep coming to ISD every year to meet wonderful deaf people during big special events … we hate to see ISD lose for not keep in touch with teachers, staff, students, alumnus ..

  32. Sarita Phadke
    June 19, 2009 at 8:40 am

    I fully support to have ISD even though I am not an alumni but I feel it is VERY important to have Deaf school for better education and sport activities. In addition, the students are able to communicate in ASl freely and increase their knowledge and keep Deaf Culture. Keep it OPEN!!

  33. Lisa Sesko
    June 19, 2009 at 8:45 am

    My daughter attends the Illinois School for the Deaf and has really been fortunate to get a good education there from teachers that are truly dedicated to their jobs, to the students and to deaf education. It was one of the hardest decisions to make as a parent to send my young daughter 4 hours away to live at school just to guarantee that she would be well educated and have socialization with other deaf peers. She is able to attend functions, participate in school programs and fully enjoy the school experience at ISD. These are basic rights that any child attending school should benefit from. It has not been easy having her far away from the family, but her grades are excellent, she has improved tremendously and the teaching staff there is second to none! It is worth well worth it.

    Well, because of our State budget crises, the Illinois School for the Deaf is on the chopping block. They have been informed that the school will close if nothing is solved with the budget by July 1. How can our state government compromise the education of the deaf and hard of hearing students that attend this school? Education should be a top priority and according to law, no child should be left behind. What is going to happen to all these children who no longer have a school to attend? They will most certainly be left behind as these kids return to their local school district and are mainstreamed with their hearing peers. They will struggle to keep up with the mainstream class, they will be the only deaf kid in a hearing school, they will feel more isolated, frustrated and alone. How can this be a good thing?

    We need your help! Please share with your family and friends. Spread the word. Please contact your local State senator and legislatures to help to keep Illinois School for the Deaf OPEN !!!!!!!!!!

    Here is the contact information: http://elections.illinois.gov/Di… help!
    Type that link in and look up your local senator and reps., you can search by your zip code and statewide, so a list will come up. Once you find out who they are do a google search to get to their website and get their email address, some have an email address and you can send your own and some have a form style email that you fill out directly on their site. I sent mine to our local senator and representative and also to Pat Quinn. Just email a quick note that education should come first, that they should not deny deaf and hard of hearing kids the opportunity to have a good education and that you want Illinois School for the Deaf to stay open!

    Thank you in advance for your help, maybe together we can make a difference and save a school that is so important to deaf and hard of hearing kids in our state!

  34. KOnapei
    June 19, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Hell No Way! Don’t you ever dare to shut us out and make us go to hearing school. Where is our deaf cultures? PLease leave it alone and let school for the deaf continues for the better education for deaf students.Thanks.

  35. Lisa Covell
    June 19, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Supporter from Texas.

  36. Polly Smith
    June 19, 2009 at 9:20 am

    I agree with the previous remarks listed above. I am a hearing person with deaf parents, my mother is a graduate of ISD of the class in 1962.

    I have personally seen that when kids are mainstreamed they don’t excel at many classes that they are in. They do not comprehend fully what is needed from them. It would cost more money to pay for interpreters for the deaf child to attend public schools with hearing students than with all deaf.

    Deaf children do better at ISD and have more opportunities when everyone is the same as them.

  37. June 19, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Schools for the Deaf are too important to Deaf people for their linguistic, cultural, academic and psycho-social development. Where will Deaf children gain the knowledge they need to function as healthy, productive adults within the Hearing world? Mainstreamed education has not and does not successfully prepare children in these areas. To close the school for the Deaf is a short-sighted decision. In the short-term, money may be saved, but in the long run, the state will be paying more in the form of SSI, SSDI, Vocational Rehab and other services to “rehabilitate” the failures of mainstreamed education.

    Be smart. Keep the Illinois School for the Deaf OPEN!

    Donald A. Grushkin, Ph.D.
    Newark, California

  38. Jerri
    June 19, 2009 at 9:38 am

    I am full support for ISD.. If you can help us? Call and email the legislatures.

    Jill Tracy

    217-782-8096 217-223-0833

    fax 217-223-1565

    email: jiltracy@jiltracy.com

    Jim Watson

    217-782-1840 217-243-6221

    fax 217-245-2071

    email: jimwatson@localnetco.com

    Deanna Demuzio

    217-782-8206 217-854-4441

    fax 217-854-5311

    email: ddemuzio@senatedem.ilga.gov

    John Sullivan

    217-782-2479 217-222-2295

    fax 217-222-2944

    email: jsullivan@senatedem.ilga.gov

    You can just say:

    “I support raising taxes and fees to prevent cuts to vital services, stop lay offs and protect pensions. Consider the consequences! “

  39. Barbara joseph
    June 19, 2009 at 9:49 am

    support ISD

  40. Linda Niglio Langer
    June 19, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Keep ISD open!

  41. ItaliaChar
    June 19, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Charlene Lomanto, Chicago, IL (67)

  42. Claudia Mattern
    June 19, 2009 at 10:01 am

    I am a second-generation 2004 graduate from the Illinois School for the Deaf of my family. I am a 2009 BA graduate of Gallaudet University. I plan to become an art educator – to achieve an MFA degree. Please keep ISD open for all deaf children!

  43. Anonymous
    June 19, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Dale Scott Noyes
    I was 1973 graduate of ISD. Keep ISD Open as it provide best education for deaf children.

  44. Gayle Ellis
    June 19, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Please do keep ISD …..

  45. kayla
    June 19, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I support ISD and ISVI, Im ISD class of 2004. The ISD abd ISVI is way importance for us and ISD help us alot and ISD is way better school than mainstream schools for deaf and hard of hearing!! ISD is like our little deaf and hard of hearing community and we dont want that taken away from us and plus ISD helps us lot with our needs and better classes for us!!! PLEASE KEEP ISD AND ISVI OPEN!!!!!

  46. M.
    June 19, 2009 at 10:53 am

    i was graduated 1974 at illinois school for the deaf please dont close at illinois school for the deaf jacksonville,il

  47. Carol Nemecek-Kowalski
    June 19, 2009 at 11:01 am

    The best Class of 1985 Alumni, I am fully support to keep ISD OPEN! I was the second generation to graduate from ISD. I always felt like home at ISD when I enrolled ISD at age of 9. I had too many activities to participate including sports which had kept me real busy everyday. Everyone has developed their excellent leadership. There are many excellent staff, teachers, co workers who can communicate real well with students on daily basis (24/7). there is no communication barrier at ISD. I cant imagine what deaf children will look like without ISD. Eventually, I cant tolerate to have an interpreter everyday. PLEASE think of deaf children’s future not your own politics!


  48. toselli silvestri
    June 19, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Please leave ISD alone! ISD is best education and leadership and socailize.

    Thanks Toselli

  49. Tammie Neathery
    June 19, 2009 at 11:51 am

    What will happen to the future deaf children? They are in ISD (Illinois School for the Deaf) for a reason.. To get a fair education in a form that suits their needs. By closing the school, the kids will be placed into public schools where they have staff that isn’t able to handle their needs or able to teach in a way they can comprehend. These deaf children will have IEPs (Individual Education Plans) and by law they cannot be held back at a grade level. They will be passed on from grade to grade, without ever knowing what they need to know in order to have productive lives.

    Those who belong to the Deaf community share customs and norms of behavior, they share a history, they share legends and stories. They share the struggles of living in a hearing world. Above all, they share their language. We, also, have a dream that one day our future deaf children can continue to thrive, not just survive.

  50. RLM
    June 19, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Robert L. Mason, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Washington, DC
    Supporter of Illinois State School of the Deaf which I have many great deaf friends from this very same school.

    Open Message to Governor Quinn and Illinois state legislature,


    Any school for the deaf never closed during the Great Depression!

    Slash your governonr’s mansion household expenses to support the school for the deaf. Comprendo?


  51. Derek Hodgson
    June 19, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    I am full support for ISD… Don’t close Deaf School…

  52. W. Mark
    June 19, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    The child should not be left out !! Education is very important to children than MONEY !!!

    Stop trying to close more deaf schools nationally includes this school. Hearing public school mostly stay open but Deaf School to be closed. Not right !

    Leave that deaf school open to give children and students to get good education for their future in their lifetime.

    Goverment should find ways to cut budget in other government business like prison, others as waste. CUT them.

    Not deaf school. NO NO NO NO !!!

  53. Debbie Toh
    June 19, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    To the Honorable Governor Quinn and our State legislators,

    Please don’t cut the budget for Illinois School for the Deaf. Please leave it open as an option for deaf children as well as visually impaired children to have choices about what kind of education is best suited for them. Do not affect generations of deaf and visually impaired children in negative way by closing ISD down.

    Thank you for your efforts on our behalf.

  54. Linda Buchanan ' 63 supporter!!!
    June 19, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Hey DON’T you dare to cut ISD off.. I mean Busniness!!!

  55. karlee
    June 19, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    I support ISD. I have not gone but visited. I would like this school to continue to give hopes to other deaf students to enter. I have went to NIU for the Hearing Program and it was a great experience. Please reconsider and continue the deaf school.

  56. Linda Buchanan ' 63 supporter!!!
    June 19, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Support ISD! Support ISD!

  57. Teresa A. Brand
    June 19, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    It is time to stop holding the disabled hostage for your political gains. Please consider balancing the budget to keep the Illinois School for the Deaf open, as well as the Illinois School for the Blind. The children depend upon these schools to help them prepare to lead independent lives after high school. Where exactly do you plan to find the resources to educate the student from the Deaf and Blind schools once you close the schools? If the state cannot afford to keep these schools open where exactly does the state expect to obtain the moeny to send each of these children to their home town schools and comply with all the requirements of the ADA? It will cost the government three times the amount of money once the schools are closed that if they remain open. PLEASE, PLEASE balance the budget and keep ISD and ISB open and operating.

    Thank you.

    Teresa A. Brand, DSC, IVCIL

  58. Johanna Sanders (Jojo Mathis)
    June 19, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Johanna Sanders(Jojo Mathis) Judsonia,Arkansas.I graudated 1989, I’m success to finish from Illinois School for the Deaf. I have been experienced main stream public school and it was not worth for deaf to go public school wasted money on paying interputer and some fall back in school grader as it was not worth it as I recommend that Deaf children maintain to go Illinois School for the Deaf as they have alot of oppurities to join clubs,Sports,Best educations there! Please keep Illinois School for the Deaf to open and Also my counsin graudated from ISVI as her name is Jill Henderson from Granite City,Illinois as she got alot oppurties to experience blind that can do anything from going to public school it will be too hard for them to sucess and other School shld be kept open as The Handicapped children school keep open as public school have no general for these children to sucess and wasted money for paying public school for the children special needs so think about it! Please keep this schools open and not closing! It was Children to sucess in their future GOALS! Please I beg you keep them open and open up ur hearts to go all children for their special needs for keep their schools open!

    Keep Ill.S.D. & ISVI and other school open! I supporter for all these schools! God Bless you all!

  59. Robbie McDaniel
    June 19, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    I am supporter, My daughter Johanna Mathis went to Illinois School for the Deaf, She graduated in 1989. She successed and I have experienced that she went to public school was so much different from Illinois School for the Deaf as I recommend that Deaf children to go Illinois School for the Deaf because of American Sign Language and more understanding in School educations.

    Keep Illinois School for the Deaf Open.

    Robbie McDaniel

  60. June 19, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    I have graduated from ISD in 1985! I am well-educated and proud!
    I have accomplished so many things in my life because of ISD.
    They have taught me to grow and cherish my life to social, equal communication, self-confident and self-esteem. I don’t know where I would be now if it wouldn’t be for ISD!

    Please DO NOT CLOSE ISD! Big and Huge Mistake!
    Angela (Gargac) Botz

  61. Anonymous
    June 19, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Andrew Forti class of 2005 , full support for ISD!

  62. Daniel Novlan
    June 19, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    please dont close I.S.D. cause thats where i got my best education and learned to sign better!and if i have any kids myself that is hard or hearing or deaf thats the school i would send them too! so please keep it open and dont close it !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  63. BRUCE
    June 19, 2009 at 1:44 pm


  64. June 19, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I’m class of 2008 (Supporter) Of Course..

    and I”m Live in Schaumburg Illinois (Class of 2008)

  65. Rodney Moore
    June 19, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Class of 93′
    Springfield Illinois

    These schools are way too important to close, there just has to be a better way to deal with this budget crisis. Closing these schools just cannot be a solution.

  66. June 19, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Keep illinois school for the deaf at jacksonville open.it will be very hard for deaf people go hearing school without sign lanuage interprenter.it the law it must have sign lanuage interprenter there if deaf people go hearing school.keep illinois school for the deaf open.

  67. Nesha Davis
    June 19, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Please Do not close ISD . My daughter wasn’t happy until she attended this school. This school has helped her become more independent unlike the main stream schools. She feel this school is a place she can call her “Own”. Why are the kids being hurt? what if it was your child? what would you do ?

  68. Patricia Head
    June 19, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    I want to keep for Illinois School for the deaf. It is very important for sport and learn program. Please don’t get to close it. Thanks!

  69. Cynthia Baca
    June 19, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Supporter of Deaf schools. Keep ISD open for deaf & hard-of-hearing kids to receive excellent education directly from teachers who are deaf or know & use sign language. My deaf son attended and graduated from one of Deaf schools in 2008, well-educated than I. I’m hard-of-hearing person who wish she had attended deaf school because of easy accessible to EVERYTHING such as education, sports, etc., with no barriers!!

  70. Rodney Miles
    June 19, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Support keep open at ISD and ISVI in the future. Mainstream schools are stink and not worth to learn educations. We graduated in 1961 in ISD.

  71. jane yemm
    June 19, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    i am support for the school not be close. thank you

  72. lucas
    June 19, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    please support isd and isvi school to keep school open for deaf children to stay in where they belong. thanks

  73. Deafnascar
    June 19, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Gary Edwards, Chicago, IL (’88)

  74. Applelady21
    June 19, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    dont close isd please.. My son attended isd since 4 years now.. I can see how much his education is improved than he was in hearing school.. Please keep ISD for best children attend there for educaiton and can play the sports when they have a chance. thanks

  75. Don Wren
    June 19, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Hi Folks !!!

    I have seen it before when I was at ISD during that time when all of us heard about the State of Illinois has threaten to close our oldest beloved deaf schoo in Illinois. They taught us to not abuse anything which related to the natural and history morals, but This state has been abusing our wish of keeping ISD stay alive to another hundred years unless one single cracked brick fall down to the grass and the is the final stage of demolishment cycle. In fact, we have heard that those anus-face officers has attempt to shut it down several time in the past,indeed. Let’s pray and fight those bastards off our beloved home of deaf scholars ! Let’s pray together to fight them off okay ? T’care !

    1985 ISD alumni

  76. James Todd
    June 19, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    keep our school……

  77. Daniel Pliszka (2006)
    June 19, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Keep our (bleep) school!

  78. Heather Purser
    June 19, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    will there be another deaf school in illinois ?? if not , please just keep it open . its good for deaf people to be around with their own peers.

  79. alva elmore
    June 19, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    please dont close ISD school. i was there in 1948 and finished school in 1961 also my brother attend too and my nephew david attended 1960 to 1974. also i have another great great nephew where can they go not in public school i dont like it so pleave save our school for the deaf. keep the door open to deaf student. thye need it so they can playing in sport but not in hearing school.
    thank you alva elmore

  80. king tre
    June 19, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    never even think about shut i.s.d. n isvi why not u shut down ur business

  81. Gabi
    June 19, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Gabriela Cernas, Chicago, IL (’06)

  82. June 19, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    When I was Little Girl… New Girl.. I was went to ISD and i’m nervous .. so i accept with isd.. and I’ve grow up with kids.. but I could be going to isd again.. So Please prepare to isd Save the world.. and Fun with friends, learn friendship and everything.. , AR party with everyone.. If you can protecting to isd and DONT the Closed in isd!

  83. Sarah Mills
    June 19, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    KEEP OUR SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😦 😦 😦

  84. marlene lynch
    June 19, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    oh ,no ! don’t ever destroy our school!!!it means alot to me and other, learn so much and many happy memory there. if it was’t for our special shool, I wouldn’t be able to talk! please for our and chiden sake don’t close our school. I gradute in 1953 and live in clafornia..

    June 19, 2009 at 6:39 pm


  86. margaret chester
    June 19, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    said that want to keep support stay isd and i loves isd for long times and dont dont closed please stopped play games around yes i support of isd of course

  87. gaylord chester
    June 19, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    said he know use to know isd for long times want to keep isd forever peorid as no closed no way thanks

  88. Claire Roberts
    June 19, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Preserve our Deaf community for our children in the future! We need to be strong and stand up for our community!!!

    June 19, 2009 at 8:05 pm


  90. Judith Clark
    June 19, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    ’74 Supporter! Please keep ISD open!! I grew up at ISD for 14 years with lot of friends that I had lot of memories!! I learned from ISD that I have good education, good job, social skills and independent. I’m sure it is very important for the kids at ISD right now to keep school open for their educations, sports and social skills! ISD is always my second family that I usually go to ISD Homecoming and never miss my class reunions. We actually will have 35th class reunion this fall. It is best place for us to gather together and always have FUN with my good friends at ISD Homecoming and Class Reunions. Please don’t close ISD. Thank you!

  91. Angella Stephenson
    June 19, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Please dont close isd and isvi!!! i went to isd for 11 yrs since 1978 to 1989… i loves that school and sports… keep it run for deafies ppl… there is good education than hearing school…. we support isd and isvi…. there is good alot of memories…. we will be there for our reunion for 1989 of class in september 2009… thanks…

  92. William Lindquist
    June 19, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Hey!! Wake Up everyone at Illinois Goverment !! Where is the deaf student’s right to get better education with sign langauge?? They would not be successful at mainstreaming program.. I have seen the students going to a deaf school where I work at from several mainstreaming program because they FAILED to understand the better education.. Let’s keep the ISD wide open!!! I got the better education from ISD from a oral program school where I was totally failed.. This program made me a better educated person like everyone graduated from ISD!! DON”T EVER have ISD CLOSED!! Thanks for your concern.. SMILE!!

  93. Oralia Lomanto
    June 19, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Oralia Lomanto Chicago,IL (95)

  94. Sue Klytta
    June 19, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Both my boys attend ISD (Alex, 16 and Matthew 13). ISD is a wonderful school, I am so thankful we have such a great school in our state. My boys love the school and would be so disappointed if they closed.

    Thanks to everyone for being so supportive!

  95. William Lindquist
    June 19, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    By the way I was graduated from ISD in 1966 and I am currently working at Wisconsin School for the Deaf so like what I said recently that I have seen several students joining the WSD program from mainstreaming program at middle and high school level.. WHY?? They mentioned there were a lack of communication and social skills that they did not learn anything from their schools like being exposed to deaf culture and Amercian sign langauge that we are depending on for better communcation.. Please do not close ISD as well as ISVI…

  96. Anonymous
    June 19, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Laurie (Mitchell) Harrison

  97. Donna Helmig
    June 19, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Class of 72 Graduate!!

    I also went to public school and was frustrated with my work as I had difficulty to understand my teachers, I was failing, when I went to ISD, it opened the door for me as I learned so much there and it was well worth it. Education was important to me for my future for preparing for job, etc. I don’t think deaf students should go to public schools!!!

    Keep the ISD open!!!

  98. June 19, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Class of 1991. Tigers shouldn’t be killed. Go tigers.

    June 19, 2009 at 8:59 pm


  100. Scott Thomas
    June 19, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Please stay ISD. I graduated from ISD in 1978. ISD have good opporunity for deaf children learn education.

  101. Renee Trempe
    June 19, 2009 at 9:08 pm


    I never been attending to ISD but I support ISD keep open no matter what. I agreed all comments above these. Please keep OPEN ISD forever!!!!!!!!!

  102. Marilyn J.
    June 19, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Where is Carol Adams DHS Director, support? ISD and ISVI and other agencies are under Carol Adams helms, where is her support?
    Please take notice the schools are not called school . To her they are called agency.
    How do you folks (Alumnaes) like your school to be called an “agency”.

    Tiger go fight tiger..

  103. Laura Shipley
    June 19, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Please do not close Illinois School for the Deaf! American Sign Language is best method for the deaf children at school for the deaf where they can learn reading and english skills and bilingual. American Sign Language is native language for all Deaf children and people in US. Please try and find a way to save Illinois School for the Deaf.

    Thank you,

    Laura Shipley, Deaf and from Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania

  104. Angelica Nieves
    June 19, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    please dont close….. we love ISD and fun hang out and it too hard for them go go hearin school…. please dont close the school…

  105. Angelica Nieves
    June 19, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Go tigers ISD Rock

  106. Tara L Dusch
    June 19, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    keep open for ISD please. That is good school for deaf kids. I graduated at ISD. I love my school. That is important to have good ED and sports. thanks for petiton. smile

  107. Kevin Eoll
    June 19, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Please leave ISD alone. I dont want to see many deaf kids to be suffered without ASL communicate or social. Why not you cut budget for interpreter at mainsteam school instead of deaf school???

  108. Mike Wallace
    June 19, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    I got a good education from ISD. I developed many good relationships with friends, teachers, and staff at ISD. I had good memories at ISD. ISD has a long wonderful history that I am proud of.
    Now I work as a director in a mainstreaming school with deaf and hard of hearing children in NH. I try to help them many ways as I can and I realize they can’t get what ISD has to offer! I said to myself all the times “I thank to ISD for who I am!”

    Since ISD is one of the best education for the deaf in America and the only residential school in the entire state of Illinois, it will be a terrible blow for our children if ISD is shut down! WE need to stand up and fight for ISD!

  109. Tovia
    June 19, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    I can’t believe that I am reading this. I am really shocked by this news. Please DO NOT close down the Illinois School for the Deaf. This is a great school that provides opportunities to the students. Keep the Illinois School for the Deaf OPEN. My mom graduated from ISD and got great education there and she also enjoyed her experiences at the Illinois School for the Deaf. Closing down the Illinois School for the Deaf is NOT a solution.

  110. Dave Cook III
    June 19, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Class of 88 – The doors at ISD must be open at all times for the DEAF – HOH – CI – What the future may come to with the technology we’re given for


    If closed ( NoChildLeftBehind ) become fraud for the State!

    I had attended mainstream schools almost all my life until the last 3.5 years and had wasted 2 years by throwing my homework in the lockers at Grant Middle School!

    No need to see the future deaf children to do what I had done! It will be a FACT!

  111. Jason
    June 19, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Keep ISD open.

  112. C. Wayne F
    June 19, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    ISD students and former students are educating from our Deaf & Hard Of Hearing peer way… We can do anything except hear… But dont give our wrong example … deaf and hard of hearing have our history and future, also ability to perform a task or remember information better some time after it has been learned than was possible immediately after it was learned,
    fully deserving something, usually as a suitable reward for merit or importance.. then dont close deaf school for student sakes

  113. June 19, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    I was grew up for 4 of differment school for the deaf to get gradated it.i have good education for school of differment deaf and how to get learn for differmnet sign. i was frist time califorina school for the deaf begin 1957 to 1959 moved to Kansas school for the deaf was began 1959 to 1963 moved to east angilian school for the deaf in glalton-on-sea near great yarmouth england began 1963 to 1966 moved to last for Indiana school for the deaf begin 1966 to grauated 1975. I get good learn for eduaction to devoplesed achement to good doing to behvoir student and good listern to teacher for how get furture to my goal job and meet to world of alumni
    the grovement will put closing to deaf school then student will stuck up for cannot get learn to sign or dumb, can not get future good job of counical of grovement.
    if they will put to oral school thechildren cannot get good learn for speechment or can not get good speakalso they will pay for interpreter in oral school cause they interpreter will thank u for government pay and dirt bussinse for interpreter profit to good time and play for nothing for some children not progam for waste time for interpreter and show up for classes somttime or sick or abenster it will no exause for interpreter in oral school
    they government because for need good illionis school for the deaf need keep it campus and the cssd for central states school of deaf trounment basket for boys and girls basketball game then if you will cut of team then not enough deaf team for whoever for subtille of junior team not enough for team of states need keep it ISD and deaf have good exriseing to sports and will be get challenge for deaf school host for ISD and clerc classic sports and happened did get cuted for ISD wrestling and cheerleader nothing to wrong for cut of achvemnet sports.
    i did get work for support for deaf school of north caroilna school for the deaf was keep opening school campus then grovement have to rather to keep not let cut for deaf school for north carliona have to school blind move to deafschool it make it save history for deaf school
    A.G.Bell was wrongdoing for they want to give to cut of school deaf and they want to get intering for oral school and eduaction hearing than deaf school make wrong to need even to challnge hearing oral beat to deaf school not right it and they A.G.Bell want to force for put whoever need put corhear implant for on head then future to right the deaf children leave alone for whoever for head then if used corhear implant whoever deaf children will be happened for accident to head or some get happened for achace pain on head and fell to dizzy of health.
    please do let to get shut down for deaf school and will be get cannot get good eduaction for student to future time
    i have to support to all deaf school for us and england it need get keep it deaf school of campus

  114. M.E. Adams
    June 19, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    I had a great experience at Ill. School for the Deaf. I really thanked my parents for sending me to ISD. If ISD is shutting down, it will not be any problem.
    Please keep it for deaf children for their futures, their leaderships, their educations, and their values.

  115. Rhychell Barnes
    June 19, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Keep Illinois School for The Deaf and others OPEN! I graduated ISD in ’98.

    Please, take care of State of Illinois Budget and solve problems soon as possible.

    I will not let you take away ISD and others.

    June 20, 2009 at 12:53 am


  117. Justin J. Lathus
    June 20, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Illinois school for the deaf wasn’t what I was expected when I enrolled there… It was a life changing for me…Realized that communications are there and the community for an deaf person like me. There’s community for deaf people right there by Illinois school for the deaf. Please do NOT destroy the community, We the deaf people doesn’t destroy any of your communities so please support the COMMUNITY we have. Thank you.

  118. Nancy Moulton
    June 20, 2009 at 6:38 am

    I was a teacher at ISD from 1979-1995 and continue to support ISD. The education and social experiences provided to deaf children is unparalleled. Closing it would be denying students FAPE.

  119. Heads
    June 20, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Hi Pat’s gradute, was 1973 & Bob gradute in 1961. Please don’t close for ISD. PLEASE KEEP TO OPEN ISD FOREVER!!!!!

  120. Eric Grote
    June 20, 2009 at 8:22 am

    I’ll support to save the ISD!

    June 20, 2009 at 8:30 am


  122. catherine brummett
    June 20, 2009 at 9:40 am

    no way illonis school for the deaf shut down i feel not right to do that and please let illonis deaf keep open not shut down …

    June 20, 2009 at 9:44 am


  124. Sharon Staehle
    June 20, 2009 at 9:49 am

    To the Honorable Governor Quinn and our State legislators,

    Currently, I live in Pittsford, NY but I grew up and still have family in Champaign, IL. Within my family, I have one deaf sister, Beverley. We are two very proud graduates from the Illinios School of the Deaf (ISD), Beverley in 1974, and myself in 1976. We are lifetime supporters of ISD; we still are very connected to the many great deaf and hearing faculty/staff and deaf friends from this school.

    Please do not consider cutting the budget for the Illinois School for the Deaf, for this school offers a unique education that clearly is best suited for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing students. Also, be mindful of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law, you cannot pull these students out of this school, you cannot close ISD and force these students into a mainstream public school education. Please find another way to keep ISD open, explore other options.

    “Deaf residential schools” throughout the United States are absolutely vital for the reason that they so effortlessly affect generations of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HOH) children through school memroies, education – specifically for the use of bilingual/bicultural education, American Sign Language and written English, school history and identity in means of containing pride. Language acquisition through use of American Sign Language is necessary and obtainable through residential schools, not the public schools and the Deaf/HOH children need this development. Historically, the Deaf/HOH children have struggled in isloation within public schools. Often they are alone as a deaf student within a school of all hearing students causing the Deaf/HOH child to have no confidence (social and interpersonal skills), weak language/education, and no to very minimal identity as a Deaf/HOH person. Usually when a student finds themselves stuggling within the public school system, due to unmet needs, ISD is a place students transfer into, becoming provided with a solution to help achieve self identity, growth and oftentimes opening the child’s eyes and heart. These students, once exposed to their identity, culture and confidence, find they are eager for a higher education. I can identify with this story and not only am I someone who has been affected, students who proceeded me, the present generation, and furture generations will feel the echo of this impact. If you decide to close ISD, then history cannot repeat itself. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, as individuals will suffer in mainstream schools, “all over again” because of your lack of understanding and compassion with deaf education history. Please save ISD.

    I thank you in advance for your consideration to preserve the Illinois School of the Deaf.

    Sharon (Kocher) Staehle, M.A.
    Assistant Professor
    Keuka College
    Keuka Park, NY

  125. June 20, 2009 at 10:29 am

    hi this is sylvan i hope support open isd in the future. please dont closed isd and they still keep support

    isd. thank u sylvan kirgan

  126. Michael K. Berger
    June 20, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Jack Cooper and Michael K. Berger are NAD Region II Representatives for 13 States (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin).

    NAD, Jack Cooper and I support ISD to keep opening for deaf students AND NAD support ALL State Deaf Schools. Since NAD support and fight to keep South Dakota School for the Deaf (SDSD) and Scranton State School for the Deaf (SSSD, Pennsylvania). SDSD and SSSD STILL stand. Therefore I will be there at Springfield State Captiol for ISD’s Rally!

    WHY? YOU MAKE YOUR VOICE LOUD AROUND ILLINOIS. Illinois Legislatives will hear your voice loud!

    Myself graduated from Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (PSD). I had been thru this situtation that PSD High School closed in 1984. About 20 years later, PSD High School re-open again.

    Keep strong positive!

    Michael K. Berger
    NAD Region II Representative

  127. June 20, 2009 at 10:35 am

    hi this is is clara i hope support open isd in the future. please closed isd and they dont cloesd isd and they

    still keep support and keep need sport and school in the future ok.

    thank u clara (mead) schoenagel

  128. June 20, 2009 at 10:51 am

    The Illinois School for the Deaf is a vital part of our educational system. I urge you to reconsider the decision to close this important institution.

  129. Judith Ormerod Assmann
    June 20, 2009 at 11:00 am

    ISD’s value to the Deaf community cannot be replaced and should not be so easily discounted. Deaf and hard-of-hearing students from across the state will suffer without ISD. Many school districts do not have the resources to provide a quality education for the Deaf and depend on the staff and facilities at ISD to meet the educational, communication and social needs of Deaf students. Please do not close the doors of ISD!


    Judith Ormerod Assmann
    SEDOL D/HH Program Lead
    John Powers Center, Vernon Hills IL

  130. June 20, 2009 at 11:09 am

    government will get accpet support for school of deaf and keep it for found of deaf school of campus then why did u let to some hearing to new estmete hearing school would get cut of must for merger to school for hearing school for too many school ill hearing school not get fair for too many for new school for hearing not right it must get cut of hearing school then get merger school make it less tooo exprievise monry for hearing school by country than deaf and blind school campus need get keep for history for both school
    please do not closing for deaf and blind school campus and goverment and sentors have to let do for saving to both campus and need it to much pay to things
    need keep it both campus and let hearing school for merger school pls

  131. Tamara
    June 20, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    both schools are valuable place to be because they provide the resources that other schools cannot provide. some districts don’t have the resources to support the students who need them to do well in school. ISD is a rich environment that continues the culture of the deaf. I ask the governor not to close both schools as these places provide a unique needs for the students.

  132. Anonymous
    June 20, 2009 at 2:31 pm



  133. Linda Buchanan ' 63 supporter!!!
    June 20, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    I plead you dont close ISD school, Please ..
    thanks so much

  134. Faye M. Carter
    June 20, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Please leave these schools and services open for us who use them. Please don’t close them. Me and my friends need these services to function in society.

  135. Laura Vazquez
    June 20, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Disabling The Disabled

    I am writing today in hopes of raising awareness for a crisis that needs support before it’s too late. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has named The Illinois School for the Deaf and the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired as two of the state services that would be closed down if his $9.2 Billion budget is not passed in just a few days.

    Lawmakers need to know that this suggestion is unacceptable, and these schools must not be shut down under any circumstance. These facilities serve as the best educational resource in the state for our youths with visual and hearing impairments. These schools serve to meet the educational needs of these students, that cannot be received in general public schools. Without these services, many of the students would be forced to drop out of school. They would not receive the education and credentials needed to be competitive in this economy, and would have little hope for jobs and careers.

    I’m asking that everyone take a stand. Research the schools yourself; you will quickly see how beneficial they are to the children of Illinois. Write to the governor, your local congressman, and everyone else that you can to make it known that every effort must be made to provide children with the educational support that they deserve.

  136. Sladjana Jana
    June 20, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    I support to ISD since my life.
    I was in ISD of 1996-2000. Class of 2000 from ISD

    Do not let closing or destroy to ISD… Just keeping a along to ISD and I want to save our of ISD (ILLINOIS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF)

  137. Doodlebug
    June 20, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Please Keep ISD and the ISVI open, the money that is spent supporting convicted killers, rapists, and thieves should be funneled into ISD’s coffers to keep it up and running..
    Its time to stop using the disabled kids as pawns to your political games,,

  138. Someone who knows what is best for deaf students...
    June 20, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Please keep ISD/ISVI open. It is about our special students, deaf and blind and even both. Illinois cannot close the doors! I have seen students who transferred from mainstreamed schools to ISD this past year, they BLOSSOMED! It is because of communication, socializing with other deaf and seeing that they can participate sports, spelling bee, etc.. ISD is 100% accessible and we are able to handle transferred students from other schools. Imagine, ISD closed, our 200+ students are send to their home schools, their hands will be tied, and they will be severely isolated… PLEASE, I am on my knees, praying, for these students. I am deaf, I went to mainstreamed school, I hear pretty good and speak well, I know the the feeling of not belonging, I was not happy or a ‘full’ person. I found myself as a full able deaf person…I know in my heart, if I never knew about deaf school or deaf university, today I would be struggling with who I am. I KNOW in my heart and from personal experiences, ISD provides ‘wholesome of the self’ for our students. Please do not close the doors, I implore you. Thank you so much Mr. Watson.

  139. maritza otano
    June 20, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    i am attend to isd 1998 -2002 i was graduate there … i want keep ISD open for imporant education … it is enjoying there and fun too .. pls dont shut down! i support ISD!

  140. Matthew McGory
    June 20, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Deaf children have the right to a fair and equal education. Mainstream schools cannot provide a fair education for deaf children. ISD was founded for the purpose to educate deaf children. ISD is a wonderful school and should be kept open. Gov. Quinn, please do NOT close ISD!!! I graduated in 1995 and I am proud to be deaf.

  141. roberta
    June 20, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    that is crazy for school closing because that school have better educations and learn how to support for living for deaf students

  142. Matthew McGory
    June 20, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I support keeping ISD open forever.

  143. June 20, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    please keep deaf in school at fall please stay and happy and dont take off school let grow to learn how to do let school stay
    support more?


  144. Jamie Radake
    June 20, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    hey I graduated from ISD and why are you closing ISD? Where will the deaf kids go to school? There is more opportunity there than going to hearing school. Keep it open!

  145. June 20, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    On behalfof my entire family, we are appealing for ISD to remain open for countless generations to come!! The services and benefits that ISD provides for it’s students cannot be measured in $$$. My brother is a graduate of ISD and went on to graduate from Gallaudet University due to his wonderful education received at ISD. There are a lot of other services in the State of Illinois that can be cur or trimmed, NOT an institution as important as ISD. DON’T CLOSE ISD!!!

  146. Heather Pohlit
    June 20, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Keep ISD open for the present and future students because ISD provides what we, deaf students, needs and experience the reality, learn what we ought to learn as other school. And there are more opportunities for us than we do at mainstreamed programs. They provides the sports for the deaf students have complete chance to participate than those who are in mainstreamed programs! Also, there are 100% communication in every classrooms than those in mainstreamed programs. Keep the school open for the good instead of close it down and send deaf students to mainstreamed programs and know that they would not success and experience like we do at deaf insitutions!! THINK ABOUT THE DEAF NEEDS, NOT THE MONEY ISSUES!!! THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO RAISE THE MONEY FOR THE BUDGET THAT ARE BEING NEEDED TO COVER THE EXPENSES TO KEEP THE SCHOOL OPERATING!

  147. Andrea Ford
    June 20, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    My husband Casey went to I.S.D. He graduated 1996. I never went there but I really support it. my husband teach me alot about it even He teach me more ASL skills. I think it is so beautiful school when I visit for first time. and I sure learn a lot about it. I now understand all deaf kids love I.S.D. school. Please keep it open for other deaf children can go I.S.D. if my child is deaf I will sent him to isd high school but my child is hearing.

  148. Casey Ford
    June 21, 2009 at 12:03 am

    isd teach me everything for sample.. life, independence .. etc etc.. Please keep school open for deaf children so they can go there.

  149. Kathleen Rayburn Todd
    June 21, 2009 at 7:22 am

    71′ supporter. Please keep our school!

  150. Michael Hogue '81
    June 21, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Look at me, I am the production of ISD! I went to ISD as a child and graduated as a man. ISD gave me all the tools where I became a successful self-supporting taxpayer citizen. I am gravely concern the well-being of DEAF students if ISD closes.

  151. Tamara Hogue
    June 21, 2009 at 7:48 am

    I hereby sign to show my support of keeping ISD open, PLEASE. Thank you.

  152. Jodi Hamilton
    June 21, 2009 at 8:02 am

    I am happy to sign this petition, and I am also a product of ISD, I would be very upset if ISD was to close, these deaf kids and blind kids have been moved from pillar to post in the past, its time for the goverment to stop playing games and using these kids as a pawn in this politcal game. There are other places that the state can cut, like all those fancy schmancy prisons out there that are recieving huge fundings. These kids deserve a great education, and they deserve to have a chance in society as human beings.
    Please take this petition seriously because we really do not want our schools to be closed
    Thank you
    Jo D Hamilton-van Keeken class of 1967

  153. Pamela Timm
    June 21, 2009 at 8:18 am

    67′ Suppoeter,Please keep our school open school for deaf children so they can go there important future children learn skills. thanks Pam.

  154. Thomas Thompson
    June 21, 2009 at 8:24 am

    66′ supporter, Keep ISD open for the present and future students. Please I am on my knees, hard praying for these students. Keep open ISD/ISVI. It is about special student students deaf and blind and even both. Thanks tom

  155. Jared Gunn
    June 21, 2009 at 8:27 am

    I graduated in Class of 2002 from Illinois School for the Deaf. I don’t agreed with state budget planning to cut ISD and ISVV.. Because of Deaf Students and Blind/Deaf Students needed to have good education for them. It is really VERY IMPORTANT! There is NO WAY to have CLOSING ISD/ISVV!! In ILLINOIS have ONLY Deaf School in Jacksonville, IL. Please get all of your family and friend to supportive to save our Illinois School f/t Deaf! It is really VERY IMPORTANT! Thank you!

    Jared Gunn

  156. Carol H.
    June 21, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Supporter PLS KEEP ISD OPEN!!!

  157. Bob H.
    June 21, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Supporter PLS KEEP ISD OPEN!!!

  158. June 21, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    PLeas do not closing for deaf school and V.I I want to keep for both keep of Ill school for deaf and V.I
    he want to future student need get learn for school and need play sport game all season
    not let government to spent for cut of school for it promise ur oath for history of sign many year
    thank you support Greog Stump from Indiana School for the Deaf of 1975

  159. June 21, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    When you close the schools, where will the deaf students go? To the public schools and receive education through interpreters? Research shows that students receive very small percentage of information through interpreters because a large chunk of information gets lost in translation.

    Contact Brenda Schick of Colorado University, Boulder or Marc Marschark of Rochester Institute of Technology/NTID.

    Granted, deaf schools in general have been offering substandard education for decades and it is long overdue for an overhaul, however, closing them is not the answer. Every student have the right to receive quality education in languages most natural to them, in this case, deaf students’ languages are American Sign Language and written English (some do speak English well but it is not a natural avenue).

    Paulo Freire states in his Educational Theory: “…our relationship with the learners demands that we respect them and demands equally that we be aware of the concrete conditions of their world, the conditions that shape them. To try to know the reality that our students live is a task that the educational practice imposes on us: Without this, we have no access ‘ to the way they think, so only with great difficulty can we perceive what and how they know.

    … there are no themes or values of which one cannot speak, no areas in which one must be silent. We can talk about everything, and we can give testimony about everything.”

    How can you accomplish this through interpreters as the 3rd person? The students’ teachers must be fluent in their language and culture, and thus be able to connect with them directly…therefore, the closing of the schools, the only place where teachers are expected to be fluent in ASL and the “deaf culture”, is an ignorant and punitive move. Plain and simple.

  160. June 21, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    i would not oral school for hearing and would nt pay for interpreter for waste money silmation time and presdient bacrack Ohama said that not get cut of states school for deaf or blind also they need get important to support for deaf life time

  161. Dena Rennie
    June 21, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    SUPPORTER OF ISD!! This is so much more than just a school for the kids that go there- it’s a community, a place of acceptance as less than half of parents who have D/deaf kids learn how to sign to communicate with their child. Going to ISD means communication and friendship and learning in the best possible environment to meet their needs. Some kids can be mainstreamed with an interpreter but it’s vital to the Deaf community that schools like ISD remain open. I visited for ISD’s homecoming in 2007 and there is so much pride in both the Deaf community in that school, as well as pride in the school itself. Closing it would be tragedy, and the state needs to find ways around shutting it down!

  162. Lisa Covell
    June 21, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    I agree with Ryan Commerson #159. Please do not close any school for the deaf.

  163. Tina Arnold
    June 21, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    I am a huge supporter of ISD. I hope that this wonderful, language rich environment will not be closed. This school, as well as other deaf and hearing schools, might need more attention and possibly less money allocated, however, shutting down a school that does so much good should never be an option for our state or our nation.

  164. Bob Canty
    June 21, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I have met some graduate students who attended Illinois Deaf School and they went to NTID, Gallaudet University and other Community Colleges. They they became teachers, administrative and college level jobs and served the community well. Please keep the Deaf and VI schools open.
    Thank you for your attention.
    Indianapolis, IN

  165. Beverly Curtis
    June 21, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I went ti Illinois School for the Deaf as preschooler in 1941 and graduated in 1958. They have good education for the deaf children and please save ILLINOIS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF. They should cut the budget on mainstream schools and interpreters. Where will deaf children go after the school closes and most of them do not want to go mainstream schoo. It has been built in 1839 and it makes no sense to close. There are many memories at deaf schools and those kids whom go to mainstream schools, they do not have many memories like deaf schools. Pray for keeping Illinois School for the Deaf and VI.

    Thank you for your concern.
    Beverly (McCammon) Curtis

  166. mike burpo ,1963
    June 21, 2009 at 5:45 pm


  167. Maribel Chavez
    June 21, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Keep our (bleep) school! 06′

  168. June 21, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Deaf children’s birthright is their Deaf school 🙂

  169. sherry smith-'90
    June 21, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    i beg you govt pat quinn- please do not close isd. the illinois school for the deaf are the best!!! there are many opportuinties, good education, sports, participle any clubs, sociazling at teen centers. i feel like we re strongly bonding sisters/brothers.. all of them are using signing without terps. we need to keep isd open because deaf/hoh children meet their needs.. fyi– i have a deaf teenger son who is continuing in school till 2011. he loves isd so much.. he play any sports and enjoy to jump on his skateboard… please keep isd open!! go go tigers go go tigers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  170. Betty Wiwczaroski
    June 21, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    I, myself went to ISD for 13 yrs (1958-1971)….I thanked ISD teachers, straffs and houseparents for the deaf educations. If I was in hearing school, I would not be getting a good steady job…and many etc.
    I support ISD stay open for deaf/hard of hearing children for better educations and etc..


  171. jess
    June 21, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    there has been a pattern of state schools closing down due to state budgets… i don’t feel that it is practical nor cost-effective to shut down state schools for the deaf, and to send students to their local schools. not only will the state lose more money, students will lose out on CRITICAL aspects of their overall development: academic, social, emotional, and extracurricular, to name a few. the concept of Least-Restrictive-Environment does not apply to deaf students due to language; LRE was created for disabled students, but deaf students are not disabled; they are a language minority, and to take them away from their primary language environment is to stunt them and restrict them even further.

  172. June 21, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Please Dont Let closing School for the deaf. Keep for deaf school on opening

  173. June 21, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Pleas do not let closing for deaf school and V.I and want to get learn for eduaction school for children future. want to keeping for deaf and V.I school stay school and save school

  174. Katy Schmidt
    June 21, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Class of 2000 at ISD… Please keep ISD open.. I spent a decade at ISD, and it was a well worth decade spent.. I developed many different skills and the confidence to be a leader.

    June 21, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    JANICE OF (62)

  176. Leon Devriendt
    June 21, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    ISD is the wonderful education site for deaf students.

  177. Darrell Roby
    June 22, 2009 at 7:05 am

    I strongly support to keep ISD and ISVI open!

  178. Anonymous
    June 22, 2009 at 7:41 am

    We need that special school for hearing- impaired and deaf children to learn basic skills and communication with other deaf childrens from different backgrounds Increase tax is the only way to save this school Deaf clubs cant do it alone to provides funds for the school but things that state wont pay ( go to the rally to show support)

  179. Elodia E.HALL ( '66 )
    June 22, 2009 at 8:42 am


  180. David L. Newcum
    June 22, 2009 at 8:54 am

    this is wrong to close that deaf school (ISD) I support this school so much i wont be so good at reading lips and special speech classes that they had so many things that i learned from this great educators Now my great nephews goes there
    Only way is to keep the school alive is to increase taxes

  181. June 22, 2009 at 9:34 am

    I support ISD totally. I had two cousins attend there when they were younger. If the state decides to do the proposed cuts it will aslo affect my sons school ISVI. So, my support goes out 110% for the schools. The state has no idea what they are doing and probably have never been around any of these children. They have no hearts and are cold, cold people, or should I say poor excuses for human beings.

  182. Ernie R. Reese
    June 22, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Class(74)I have been there since 1970 to 1974 I have been learn lots of in class many different in high School how important all student were in Vocational that is all Students is impotant too learn more skill go different to College and University and jobs in feature. Please don’t let closed down “keep open for student sake. our prayer to stay open. our prayer to stand strong for Student open School for the deaf that was more in history”

  183. June 22, 2009 at 9:43 am

    please dont let closing school deaf and vi this season and we need see to reunion for deaf school if u dicide to must stay opening keep school

  184. June 22, 2009 at 9:46 am

    please not close deaf and V.I. school and need to deaf and V.I for children need get learn to community and edcaution for future to get good job and if u give to closing school then children cannot get good job for government is fault for furture

  185. Michelle
    June 22, 2009 at 10:25 am

    I pray that the school doesn’t close so that hearing impaired & visually impaired children can get the education they need & deserve. They need an education so they can prepare themselves for the rest of their lives. Please find a way to keep the school open!!!!

  186. Mark Jodlowski
    June 22, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I am not ISD alumni. However, I m strongly support to Deaf Illinois community and of course, Deaf in USA, too. I hate see other state schools will closed like Nebraska School for the Deaf in 1995! Where do you send Deaf and Hard of Hearing children go to at when the school was closed, huh??? Please KEEP Illinios School for the Deaf OPEN!

    Thank you!
    Mark Jodlowski
    LINC Deaf/HH Advocate
    Belleville, IL

  187. eb4man
    June 22, 2009 at 11:11 am

    I transfered from mainstream to ISD and I relaized there were really good education and activies. Please save our school ISD. If there are not enough to fight then How about all Deaf & Blind together in one school? It should call Illinois School for the Deaf/Blind. Sound good to me. What do you think?

  188. Vera Campbell
    June 22, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    On behalf of my brother, niece and nephew – all who attended ISD…and gone on to become productive citizens of Illinois. My niece went on to Galludet University in Washington DC. Those who voted NO – do not know what it is like for the deaf community to live in a hearing world. Without a proper education they would most likely be on the welfare books. Both my niece and nephew were born deaf. When they began their elememntary education….the school was at least an hour away by public transport…which they were forced to ride alone…the school and teachers were ill equipped to teach the deaf…. the children were scared, were ridiculed and were told they had to learn to lip read! Would the hearing community aloud this to happen to their children?

    ISD allowed them to learn….allowed them to participate in sports….allowed them to learn about the world around them.

    Employers like the deaf community because they are not distracted…. they do their work and put in their 8 hours…unlike the hearing community…..without a proper education they get minial jobs and some of them are forced to go on welfare. Do you want more of that on your books? Please remember – They like everyone in Illinois – pay taxes and VOTE!

  189. Becky Reeder
    June 22, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I am born deaf, grew up in a hearing world. I work with deaf students in Harrisburg, IL. We have had several students attend ISD during their high school years. It is important to deaf children to have the high equality of education as their hearing peers. American Sign Language is the best way for deaf students to be taught academics and to achieve success for a quality of life as well as training to work at jobs.

    Please do not close the Illinois School for the Deaf and the Visually Impaired School. Both deaf and blind deserve to have a high standard of education and living.

    Becky Reeder

  190. Sara Smania
    June 22, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    I am an alumni of Illinois school for the deaf; I graduated in year of 2000. I come from a large deaf family, 4th generation. We all have walked down to get our diploma from ISD and it is really hurting each one of us to see that you are considering closing the only Deaf School in Illinois! ISD have done so much for the entire student of Illinois School for the Deaf.

    The teacher, staffs, faculty of ISD is very very very wonderful and they dedicate their time to the kids to help them grow in a person that they want to be. Do not close the school; the kids will have nowhere to go. Mainstream is not the answer, most of them do not like to sit in a room and have to pay attention to the interpreters all day long, not fair to them unlikely hearing student where they can just glaze off and do whatever they want to do in the class room. While the deaf individuals have to pay attention all the time to the interpreters, no freedom, not fun for them. They need to be in a room where they can REALLLLY enjoy LEARNING….

    Number one reason why should keep ISD open is because of COMMUNICATE ACCESS EFFECTIVELY
    The kids need to feel comfortable knowing that they will LEARN from their own language and that they can communicate freely with the faculty there at ISD. They can participate in sports, where there is no limit of communicate barrier and they can social with their own group of peers and to develop their social skills, to find who they are as a deaf individuals.

    Think about it, if you cut ISD, ISVI and other school, you will end up have to pay more on interpreters for them all, that will cost you wayyyyy more than what you are paying ISD and ISVI, think hard hard!


    Make love not war!

    June 22, 2009 at 3:03 pm


  192. Theresa
    June 22, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I went to ISD in 1971-72 and ISD was my first all-deaf school. I learned alot from ISD. Then I went to SCSD and FSD. I always say that ISD and FSD are the best schools and education. PLease keep ISD open for the future deaf students.

    Thanks for listening.

  193. Andrew Stone
    June 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Keep to Open Illinois School for the Deaf!

  194. S.Burckhalter
    June 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    As a supporter for deaf community I do not want to see Illinois School for Deaf to close

    Thank yu

  195. samantha
    June 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    my parents and my brother went to ISD. they had great experiences there and it would be a tragedy if this school closed!

  196. JoAnn Mehring
    June 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    JoAnn Mehring, ISD graduate 1958 support for ISD and ISVI to keep open for sake of all the families and special needs children.

  197. Rebecca Louden
    June 22, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    I hope they keep the school for the deaf open!

  198. janice m. o'neal
    June 22, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    please keep isd and isvi open !!!!!!!

  199. Marilyn McKissick Kennedy
    June 22, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    ISD is a high proity for Deaf children where they can communicate fully in ASL and also fully participating in the sports and extra curricular activities. If the ISD is closed, the Deaf children will struggle with their obstacles in the public school system. You would destroy the Deaf children’s Deaf community and their Deaf culture with your insensitivity. We, the Deaf people, really value the Deaf children because they are our future. Please be concerned for the Deaf children’sake.

    Graduate of 1976
    Education Assistant at Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf, Belleville, Ontario Canada

    Marilyn Kennedy

  200. Sharon Shieh
    June 22, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Although I am not hearing impaired, I grew up with a deaf family member, and know how she blossomed when she was able to attend ISD, and come into contact with the deaf community as a whole. Please do not let this priceless institution close.

  201. David Azcarate
    June 22, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Please leave the closure of the Illinois School for the Deaf out of the option. For years in and years out, I have kept hearing political B.S. on what the State want to do with its plans upon education related.
    I believe those deaf children, and adults had earned their benefits in and out of the deaf school system. American Sign Language and its communication are the most important factors to its education. Without them, where would the deaf children or teenagers and adults would end up? Will they have its benefits at any regular schools? Will they provide accomodations for the deaf’s needs? Would these deaf children or teenagers have easy time at the schools other than deaf school? I’m sure these instructors at the deaf schools have done their job to provide the needs for deaf students. I learned the hard way at regular school back then, I have not gotten any interpreter for my mainstreamed class in the early 90’s. Because it was not provided as they were promised. I do not want these deaf students to go through that situation like I had.
    If I were in their shoes, I’d keep the school open and start providing the needs for the deaf students to meet their ends! To these staffs at the State– Open your eyes and scratch off the Deaf School closure from its agenda!
    My hearts goes to these students and staffs at the Illinois School for the Deaf!

  202. Thomas Lewensky
    June 22, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Illinois School of the Deaf is not only the prestigious deaf school in Illinois. It is one of the top five schools in the country. School have offered so much that mainstream programs can’t equal … Deaf students benefit their education,social skills ,clubs and etc.. That students developed to be all around , well-being citizen and more success out in the real world … Please do not closed ISD.. It will cost you( State ) more in the long run ……Do some research of comparing the success and failure between ISD and mainstream program .. I guarantee you ISD is the BEST !!!!

  203. Charles Carlson
    June 22, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Keep ISD open!

  204. Linda Lindquist
    June 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I’m the wife of William and he is one of ISD alumni. I feel strongly that the ISD should remain open. I went there several times and found it very freindly environment. Their programs are greatly benefit for those kids who attend there due to its various activites among their peers, better educations due to ‘unique’ sign language as their key communications. There are lot of potentials and the kids can achieve better for their future. it is greatly benefits for the kids and they would learn alot from there as well. My opinion is to keep this school open!!! Thank you, Linda Lindquist

  205. June 22, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Please Dont Close.. and Please SAVE ISD!!!!!! GOO GOO GOO GOO Tigers!

  206. Brittani Jacobs
    June 22, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    What happen to “No child left behind”… if ISD and ISVI closes there will be ALOT of children left behind. Is that really fair to all the kids?? Think about it… put urself in all them kids’ shoes.. I will support both ISD and ISVI all the way!!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm


  208. Renee Ingalsbe
    June 22, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    My heart goes out to the prospective students and staff at ISD. I am praying really hard for ISD and ISVi to remain operating as if nothing ever happens. Goverment should know better than this. They should think of deaf students as well as blind students and that this is very emotional for everybody. Where will the students go if ISD and ISVI will close? Will State provide plenty of interpreters for each of deaf students in their regular school! I think not!!!! Will there be plenty of teacher that specify in working with deaf students? I think not! Pray and these schools will be saved!
    BTW, I graduated from ISD in 1996. I attended the rally at ISVI last THursday, it is so heahrtbreaking! God help us!

    June 23, 2009 at 2:11 am


  210. Shannon Kennedy
    June 23, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Please keep ISD open. The deaf children of Illinois need a school that will allow them to learn and communicate in ASL, a chance to grow up immersed in Deaf culture. Please do not take this opportunity away from them.

    Daughter of Marilyn McKissick, Class of ’76

  211. Ellen Roth
    June 23, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Please keep ISD school open since the first 14 years of child’s educational life is very important to be in fully accessible environment and if it s closed. They all will go to regular schools where they will experience the “maximum restrictive environment”, that will slow down their development in all areas of their life the academic, social, sports and extra circular activities. It is like the education of the deaf is going back into the dark ages. I hope the decision will be reversed.

  212. Abby
    June 23, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Save ISD! Please don’t close down this wonderful school with such a long history of helping people reach their potential.

    Supporter Abby Whitmire
    Houston, Texas

  213. Tanya
    June 23, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I’m a supporter since my daughter, Neva Shell Whittaker’s late father graduated from ISD in 1985. Closing deaf schools should never be an option and it is a real shame that some people think it is. Robbing deaf children of education in their native language is just like neglecting them. Interpreters and deaf programs in schools are not the same as being in an environment that provide education through deaf children’s native language. Deaf children are visual learners and being in a deaf school is one of the contributing factors to why deaf people succeed post high school.

    Keep the school open and find other ways to cut costs. Children should never be victims of the state’s woes.

  214. Galina Emmerich
    June 23, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Please don’t close the school for Deaf. Where all those deaf kids would go and educate them self. They are part of the world too- we are all humans. You can not separate them like that and close the school because of money issues or something else without even making little efforts for saving it!!! What would happen if some Governor say “No more schools for black people”?? The black community will go protest and will be very bad right- its all discrimination. But just because black people are bigger community then deaf- them words would be heard more then the words of Deaf. It is sad… that have people who discriminate deaf. We are all people after all, black white, yellow, from different countries or US citizens, gay or straight, Christians or Muslims, man or women. Please, don’t close it, but lets get together and find a way how to save them. It’s always a way- we just need to find it. I am woman who can hear and talk, but I understand Deaf people and I will fully support them!!!


  215. June 23, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Do not close the school for the deaf or visually impaired. To close this on its own is a discrimination of a disability. I support keeping these institutions open.

  216. June 23, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Write the Illinois House of Representatives.
    And the Illinois Senate

  217. June 23, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I support leaving the school ope. It would be a crime to close it!

  218. Dr. Jonathan D. Colen
    June 23, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    The closing of ISD and ISVI is not an acceptable answer to the states budget problems. I have had great experience working with health care and eductional system policy and only see increased expenses to the state of IL if either of these schools were closed.

    Yes there would be short term savings which would be very small compared to the budget deficit and even smaller than the hundreds of millions or more of expenses to the state of IL that I foresee the closing of these two institutions would cause.

    These two institutions have survived (at least one The Civil War), WWI, WWII, The Great Depression and countless other state budget crises. They also serve an invaluable neccessary function/need in this great state! I agree that “Children should never be the victims of the state’s woes”. Please take these cuts out of the buget plans.

    Thank you,

    Supporter Jonathan D. Colen, D.O.
    Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Jacksonville, IL

  219. Barbara West
    June 23, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Why is Education always the first target when the State runs short of funds…and education for deaf/hard of hearing the first of all? Keep this excellent school open. Not only does it support quality deaf education, but it also supports Deaf culture. Don’t let ISD die!

  220. Bryan Duerst
    June 23, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    “Very awful government”.

    WHY government want to see all american.s.d. go going gone !!!! Very WRONG. Must be stay Open any american.s.d.
    Why not government will must be closed hearing high school.

    I want tell love to all deaf peoples and childrens of american and canada. too Deaf native Indian Pride,

    Bryan, I was class of 1980 at wisconsin school for the Deaf.

  221. Anonymous
    June 23, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    I strongly support to keep ISD and ISVI open! Because we all deafies children need eachothers in any deaf school. and be proud deaf. than go hearing school, because I see alot of ppl who go hearing school and transfter from hearing school to deaf school they turn out real good. more learn deaf culture and etc.. if closed then all deaf childrens will not know nothing about deaf culture. and grow up maybe BE DUMB like OLD TIME like DEAF and MUTE..and PPL will think all of deaf people are MENTAL RETRAD!! because no deaf school that can show deaf that all deaf can do it in hearing world but if u government decide to close school for the deaf then all deaf children will not understand about deaf culture and government will pay alot of $$$$ on interpreter.. I think it s WASTE… of money… and also deaf children in hearing school they will reject deaf children that cant play sports, or others like drama etc… because of COMMUNCATIONS. and hearing school cant afford to get interpreter for deaf childrens who want to join play sports or others… if u keep OPEN School for the deaf… there have alot oppunation for deafies children that can play sports and communcations and be closer like brothers and sisters.. but in hearing school they will make fun of deaf ppl like MENTAL RETRED make fun of sign langauge or whatever u named it.. so.. deaf children need deaf school for good educations and sports and many things that hearing school dont have for deaf childrens.. so please keep ISD open… I suppport deaf school to keep open for deaf children’s sakes…CHERISH….deaf childrens and deaf teachers and deaf staff etc… GOVERNMENT please dont dare closed this deaf school. they deaf children need school… I dont care about MONEY ISSUES.. GOVERNMENT is STUPID pay on CI for what? some not work… all is hear NOISE.. but understood WORDS? no… unless some deaf children born hearing I can understand but really its DUMB… just keep deaf pride… and teach deaf children be proud… and also for exmaple if governemnt who have deaf children u will understand how IMPORTANT for deaf children that can go deaf school. get a good education and others… out of world deaf people will feel comfortable know what to do.. because of EDUCATION teach deaf ppl how to do it etc.. but hearing school will teach them I DONT THINK SO because they will igroned deaf because they will think deaf kids are too way low or hard to understand.. BULLSHIT… so much easy for deaf children go deaf school that have sign langauge that can understand deaf children.. but in hearing school some interpreter bad sign langauge not understood them… sad…and deaf children will feel free to ask questions. want to know more etc… I see some deaf children in hearing school they embrassed not want look FOOL becuase hearing kids will laugh on them… BULLSHIT again.. so too much… so keep that goddamn ISD and deaf school OPEN for GOD SAKES… very IMPORTANT… GOVERNMENT please KEEP OPEN… My boyfriend think deaf and smart than hearing and dumb because of deaf school closed etc.. he want become teacher/coach wrestling to deaf children.. he is very good wrestling when he is YOUNG KID.. thanks for listen..

  222. Teresa Verduzco
    June 23, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    The Illinois School for the Deaf has been providing children with the opportunity to have a good, solid education based on their needs for 170 years. It has also provided the socialization and cultural awareness to build a strong deaf community. We desperately need ISD to remain open to educate and empower the future generations of deaf children and help them to reach their full potential. Children are our future…ALL children are our future! Keep ISD open!

    Sister of Marilyn McKissick Kennedy, class of ’76

  223. Iris Bones
    June 23, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Illinois school for the deaf and the illinois school for the visually impaired should remain open due to the fact that these children will not get a good education in the district schools from where they live. Attending these schools these children with deafness/hard of hearing, and visual impaired children gives the opportunity to receive an education amongest other children of their same disability. Closing of these schools is out right discriminatory and their is no compasion for these children and how their lives will be impacted upon these schools closing. Please think about what possible future these children will have if they are placed in mainstreamed schooling. PLEASE KEEP ISD OPEN!!!

  224. Benjamin Bones
    June 23, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Please keep ISD open!!

  225. Jazlin Burgos
    June 23, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I am an ISD student, i love my school, and need for it to stay open, please help in the fight to keep my school open

  226. Iris Rivera Bones
    June 23, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Parent of ISD student (supporter)

  227. Patty A
    June 23, 2009 at 8:23 pm


  228. john
    June 23, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    you know the governor can do anything to cut back but due he get million dollar pay, it time for governor get $20,000 year, just because he dont do nothing and sit all day in the office and lift his pen and paper and also because that where their budget going and to all peoples work in office get highest pays it time for deep cut i their pay -. but that what the story all about if the budget cant help deaf school , where the money went(waste-governor waste)- all the money have to meet their paycheck because they need pay check are so important than deaf school. so they want cut budget on deaf school so in order the budget get in their pocket , i dont see why this school have closed for no reason, start cut back on governor cars , office car, police cars take home where they get free filled up , yea our tax dollar at work so it time tell governor will not get our vote and in future , we need speak up what this school are so important to deaf community, well yea i am piss at this governor , he isnt care about deaf school and he in for money more money in his pocket- he is cheap stake ! he is fool ! shame you illinois officail ! piss on you illinois , i stand for deaf school !

  229. john
    June 23, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    shame on you obama ! you should stand up and save this school obama, i hope you enjoy your new cadillac and welfare check ! obama stand for ONE BIG ASS MISTAKE AMERICAS O-B-A-M-A TRUE ISNT ! LET SEE OBAMA CAN SAVE DEAF SCHOOL !

  230. Mariah Richard
    June 23, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    supporter. Family @ ISD.

  231. William M Benjamin
    June 23, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Please do not cut funding for the Illinois School for the Deaf.

  232. June 23, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    I can’t remember if I signed this earlier, but here I am– supporting ISD and hoping that it does NOT close. I have friends with kids at ISD.

  233. Howard P. Wahl
    June 23, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    My wife Allois and I taught at Illinois School for the Deaf for 34 years. It would be disastrous to have ISD closed! I dread to think of students being transferred to mainstreamed classes because a large percent of them will be lost and won’t be well prepared for their future. Closing ISD should not be considered in the first place. I am very concerned about the kids’ welfare.

  234. William M Benjamin
    June 23, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    The Illinoi School for the Deaf serves an important function. Please continue funding.

  235. June 23, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    For our state to even think of closing this school is a crime. This school is needed to provide a productive learning environment for all the deaf children of our state.

    Friend sister gradute of school

    Marilyn Mckissick Kennedy Class of ’76’

  236. Alana Purcell
    June 23, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    I feel it is very important to have a residential school for the deaf. As a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing in a large urban school district I see the benefits of both day and residential programs. Keep funding ISD so deaf individuals have a choice for their education.

  237. Carlos Valentin
    June 23, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    This school is a great school fot students and closing it would be robbing our family and friends of a great education. I as a hearing person feel that deaf community is a huge part of everyday life. I go to one of three universities in the United States that has a deaf college on campus and with them on campus has helped me become a better person and learn American Sign Langauge. In keeping this school open, we are bettering our world and unifying two worlds into one.

  238. Kathleen M Hutton
    June 23, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    SUPPORTER for ISD!!!! I am ISD fan. Please continue funding!!! Thanks.

  239. Maria Ferguson
    June 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Please keep ISD open so my niece can continue to get a good education. The state should not be able to close this school.

  240. JillB
    June 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Please dont close Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD)! My grandmother went there in the 1930’s. Many of her turning point stories came from the school itself. She formed so many friends that she was set with for the life that also came from ISD. Our Deaf children today and in the future needs the same thing what my grandmother once had. This school also gives a chance for Deaf people to show that they are able to work and support themselves instead of relying on the government for an income. If you close, you the Government, will may spend even more on the income toward these people who just lost their jobs. It doesnt make a much of a difference. But to let the people to keep their jobs and to provide a good education and skills for Deaf Children of today is a much better weight to choose from. SAVE ISD!

  241. Elisia Bartolementi
    June 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    We should not be taking away a person’s right to a good education. I am sure that the state can find the money somewhere, especially with all the corruption going on. Do what is right, and realize how important it is to keep the Illinois Institute for the Deaf open.

  242. Michelle
    June 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    I am a supporter of ISD and ISVI….they serve a very important population of people. Those schools help children who might not have a chance in a regular school setting. Those schools build their confidence, make them proud of their culture and give them skills to become productive contributors. The schools also help future teachers by allowing college students to come in and learn to work with Deaf and/or blind students. It would be tragic to lose these two schools. Save ISD!

  243. Wanda Valentin
    June 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    All of our children deserve an education. How can we even dare to consider not funding for our deaf children! Stop robbing our children.

  244. June 24, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Hey what happened to no child left behind! These children need the oppertunity to become active citizens by learning. By closing this school you are discriminating againt the deaf community sending them the message that they are not important. These children are VERY important and deserve the right to learn in a structured environment that understands them.

    Family member of a student.

  245. J
    June 24, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Since I am not from I.S.D. and do attend PA School for the Deaf. I support to save Illinois School for the Deaf from being cut because it is part of our deaf community. Thanks..

  246. Melinda
    June 24, 2009 at 10:27 am

    I left ISD around 1973.

    I strongly believe in preserving the American Deaf Culture.

    We should not think of ourselves. Deaf children are our generation.

    I believe it is very dehumanizing to destroy people’s mind.

    We do not need illiterate holocaust in this 21st centruy.

  247. Damond Singleton
    June 24, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Parent of ISD student (supporter)

  248. Mandy Gosch
    June 24, 2009 at 10:58 am

    My daughters had her first year at ISD. It has made the world of difference for her and our family. Please do not send our children into the dark again by taking away their only light.

    Parent of ISD student *supporter*

  249. June 24, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Marianne Pangilinan, Schaumburg Illinois (Class Of 2008 and TOPS Supporter)

  250. Sheila Hajduk
    June 24, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    I support ISD. I am not an alumni but my stepson Johnny went to ISD and graduated there back 1998. I feel it is very important to have the deaf students a good education and especially the interpreters needed. Where else will deaf students go? Please keep ISD open forever!!

  251. Sherri
    June 24, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Why would you want to close the school??? If the school is providing an education for the children then our tax dollars should be evenly distributed to all schools… Is it fair that these children be sent to a public school that doesn’t offer these children an education that they will fully understand. What is going on with our Country??? Maybe we should cut down on the pay our politions receive and put it in the education system.
    I feel that it is very important for the school to stay open. Come on its an education.

  252. Leann Blackey
    June 24, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Please keep ISD open! This is VITAL to hearing impaired children. I imagine that mainstreaming these children and having to pay additional monies in each school district would end up costing the state far more in the long term and also it would be detrimental to the childrens’ education and long term needs/goals!

  253. James Barbre
    June 24, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I support keeping ISD and ISVI open. To use children as a weapon in there budget cuts is just wrong. These kids need education in a place that is comfortable to them. My girl loves the school, I cannot even phantom sending her back to public school which was horrible to her.

  254. Anna
    June 24, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    ISD means so much to so many of us. It needs to stay open. Please!!!

  255. Phill Floro
    June 24, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    keep it open! no cuts!

  256. Rachel Dargatz
    June 24, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    St. Louis, MO (Supporter)

  257. Kiersten McCaffrey
    June 24, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    All children should have the Right of Education, handicapped or not. These children deserve the same things all other children do. KEEP ISD OPEN!!

    Kiersten McCaffrey
    Niece of Marilyn McKissick Class of ’76

  258. Julius Borchert
    June 24, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    We need ISD and ISVI to keep open. I graduated from ISD and loved the school very much. Please don’t ever close both schools in Jacksonville. We need both ISD and ISVI to be opened!! Thank you!

  259. Pamela Clohesey
    June 24, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Please do not support the budget cut! The schools, both Illinois School for the Deaf and School for the Blind are invaluable for our deaf and blind children and those children are our future leaders!! Also, do not cut out the much needed and valuable services or it will cost the government five times more for the damage it will inflicit on our deaf community if they are not properly and adequately served!!

  260. Donna Price
    June 24, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Please keep ISD open. As a teacher of the deaf, I know how many children will suffer if it closes.

  261. Courtney Gansz
    June 24, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    I am moderately hard hearing and I know how hard it is for a child that is sitting in a classroom and doesn’t even know what is going on because they have a hard time understanding others, due to their hearing. Most regular teachers just don’t have the time or experience to make sure that each and every child is getting what they need. This school is here to specifically help those that can’t or have a hard time hearing, they are there to make sure that these kids get what they need to be successful in life, why take that away? Don’t let this happen, speak up for those who are probably feeling really lost right now. Taking away this school for the kids that need it is like taking a kane away from someone who has a hard time walking.

    June 25, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Please keep ISD and ISVI open!

  263. Geri Fielding
    June 25, 2009 at 8:49 am

    I said Please Keep ISD open for rest of life. Let all of students loves to learn more more things, to be interesting in playing any sports, join any kind of club-as drama,Jr nad,etc that would be good time for them.. Please don’t cut the budge down no way..If ISD close then where the students will go another school If they don’t have any interpreter then it will be difficult to communicate with the deaf. The students would be suffer, hurt, never know.. I am the class of 1979

  264. Jim Carter
    June 25, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Closing of ISD would be a slap in the face to the long history of this school. During the Great Depression the school was kept open in fact there was new buildings being constructed. ISD has been a “mecca” for all it’s former students and has produce many of the grads in the state community that has done many great things. To use ISD as a political ploy is shameful.
    James Carter class of 1941

  265. June 25, 2009 at 11:05 am

    My daughter has a moderate hearing loss. She attends a regular school and I know how hard she has to work. Some days she is physically exhausted just trying to keep up. I can not imagine how difficult it would be for others who have severe or no ablilty to hear at all. I think the state would be doing a gravee injustice by closing ISD or ISVI. With the recession we as parents have sufferd enough, due to job loss and home forclosures, I do not think our childern should have to pay for mistakes that they had no control over. Please, Please do not close ISD or ISVI there are so many who need, so many who will not become a productive part of society with out the services they provide.

  266. M.
    June 25, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    i am an alumni of illinois school for the deaf i was at isd for 13 years i was graduate at isd on 1974 the education was very good isd are having the schools for 170 th years old pleasae keep isd open for the rest life thanks

  267. June 25, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Govenor Quinn, as a tax paying citizen, and lifelong resident of your state, I strongly urge you not to cut the budget for the ISD or ISVE. These fine institutions are doing Gods work with these special needs children. Any consideration of these cuts would be in poor judgement and would directly effect the lives of thousands of families. Please reconsider. Sincerely, John Madden

  268. June 25, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    we all needs to keep our school open it very important for the deaf to learn thier educational if you close the school then the gov and congress must pay for the interpter for the hearing school that must have it for the deaf and also must cut out the gambling that not worth it for our state can waste too much money for that and important life and educational for the deaf and the jobs must not cut off it very important to have service for the deaf need help from the service too and can’t cut off people work like my friend just going to be laid off for no reason and gov and congress should know better not to be greedy on the money for themself that money always goes for the state of ILL for anything is important what we all need money for new thing and new bussiness not to cut too much that enough cutting can cause worse plm in our state of ILL !! enough is enough !! gov and congress have no choice is to stop the cutting !! no more we all had eough and i have no job for 18th month no way for me to earn extra money the way you all been cutting everything no right to do that we are the people frist not the cutting and the congres !! people needs money for helping thing out in our state !! and can pay for income tax to keep school open for the deaf !! thanks for listening

  269. Carolyn Viereckl
    June 25, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    As a teacher for hard of hearing and Deaf students for 25 years, I have seen the good this school does for my students and their families. I strongly urge the governor to find another way to balance our budget. There must be a way to work this out without our children and families paying the price.
    Please think long and hard before you hurt these programs and the people that use and value them.
    Carolyn Viereckl

  270. Robert F. Strohmeier
    June 25, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Please keep this school for deaf education. It is really very important for deaf child or whatever to send this school. Please don’t abandon. It is real hard for us. The governor, Senate, Assembly and State Board of Education are not understand what deaf life. It is not fair with Immigration Program were given. Pray God to keep this school in Illinois. Thank you. Robert F. Strohmeier

  271. Melisa
    June 25, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    We are parents of an ISVI student, we have been making calls and sending emails and watching all the action as much as possible. I have watched videos of the rally and get goose bumps each time. No more cuts!!

  272. Lisa (Scharrer) O'Neal
    June 26, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Just stay open for sake… sweet and simple…

  273. Jacqueline Ziegler
    June 26, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Keep ISD open!

  274. Diane O'Neill
    June 26, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    I am a strong supporter of ISD. Friends and coworkers who attended ISD have attested to its wonderful, essential services. Please keep it open!

  275. Delores Rosemond
    June 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    It would be a great injustice if the school were to close! Leave ISD open.

  276. Carolyn Aguila
    June 26, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Protect the school. Keep it open!

  277. Laurie Roach
    June 26, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Govenor Quinn, as a voter, I urge you to keep ISD open & do not cut the budget on people with disabilities. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that something is wrong when the city can afford to send CTA drivers to “smiling” classes, but does not have the money for programs such as ISD. Get priorities in check and do the right thing!!!

  278. Jennifer White
    June 27, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Please keep the school open. I am a supporter. Many friends of mine attended and owe many of their successes in life to that school!

  279. Emily Gillis
    June 27, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    These kids will not get the best education they can if ISD closes. They deserve the best education they can get, don’t take this away from them! I’m a supporter, my cousin graduated from ISD.

    June 27, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    i graduate 1969 pls dont CLOSE isd pls leave it alone history for so many years ok tks

  281. Migdalia Grall
    June 27, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Each and every child needs to have the same opportunities to reach their full potential. That means providing the tools and environment deemed necessary to achieve that exact thing. This is our future, we are to advance.

  282. victoria bauer
    June 28, 2009 at 8:31 am

    People need help, stop holding them hostage!

  283. Daisy Bravo
    June 28, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Please keep this school open!
    Thank you

  284. Jean Boutcher
    June 28, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Please ask President Obamna to help save and keep ISD. He has a cousin who is either a teacher of the deaf or is deaf herself.

    Save ISD.

  285. leslie
    June 28, 2009 at 10:57 pm


  286. Kevin Cistaro
    June 29, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Hi I was lived in ISD Campus for 14 years I graduated in June 1974. I want to thank my parent to put me in ISD also I had great staffs of ISD hone4st i love that isd school i was star player for isd basketball i had great chasllenge against public school. now state of illinois want to cut the budget my question is wht they target our 170th year isd i am not happy for that.
    what happen to illinois lottery funds which goes to educations.
    remember that title as ” NO BEHIND THE CHILD”.
    Interpeters hurt deaf children because they can do for children in public schools thats joke.

    honory illinois gov. will you put your own deaf children in public school and you better to listen deaf parents former students and staffs who stay in isd campus. thats sad to cut budget i want to say think harder.

  287. Kevin Cistaro
    June 29, 2009 at 9:10 am


  288. Mary Ann Seremeth
    June 29, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Please keep ISD open as it meets NCLB law to provide qualified education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. ISD has a long history and be proactive in preserving the history of excellent Deaf Education history.

  289. Marla Michalak
    June 29, 2009 at 10:51 am

    It is not only important for a child who is deaf to attend school at ISD because of the cultural aspect but because it meets the communication needs of the deaf children. However, if you close this school, the needs of deaf children all over the State of Illinois will not be met. The reason being, that there are not enough educational interpreters to put them into individual schools,with individual students, not to mention that the cost would be higher to provide each student with an individual interpreter! Remember, to provide FAPE (free appropriate public education) as explained in the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act) you must have an IEP that meets the child’s individual needs including communication and accommodations! I certainly don’t understand how anyone could think for one minute that by closing this school, it would save the State of Illinois ANY MONEY! Thank you.

  290. Kelly Kritz
    June 29, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Save our school!

    June 29, 2009 at 8:16 pm


  292. Gerald Hellman I
    June 30, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Keep open ISD. KEEP FIGHT your goal of our Family’s DEAF CULTURE AND DEAF FAMILY OF HISTORY BE STRONG stand up of ISD. We are very proud of ISD. I graduated in 1984. Please don’t closed school for our children’s future. We need ISD open and SAVE ISD LIVE. We are praying to GOD, it is in our hands for our ISD future. If Governor closed ISD, we will be at war fight for our goal and keep our spiritual strong. What happen Illinois Lottery should help Education. The money should go to the schools and shame on you USA Lottery and Governor knew better that what Lottery talk about of Education. I am from Austin, Texas

  293. June 30, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Please keep ISD open for sake of deaf children in future! ISD and other schools for the Deaf are best places to learn about Deaf culture, ASL, and Deaf history! I graduated from ISD in May 1980.

  294. Charlotte Atherton
    July 1, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I have taught hearing impaired studebts for 34 years. Although there are many students that receive an excellent education in self-contained classrooms there are others that need that residential setting that ISD gives. There are also many other programs at ISD that would be lost if ISD is eliminated.

  295. Barbara Drennen
    July 3, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Schools for the Deaf are a valuable part educational offerings. For some children, it’s where they develop self-confidence and self-esteem. They blossom. These schools offer a community environment for Deaf and hard-of-hearing children that cannot be duplicated in public schools.

  296. Peter Dommer
    July 3, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    I support the Schools for the Deaf. Both my parents went to the School for the Deaf in Iowa. These schools provide students with the environment needed to learn from peers and give them a sense of community. It is vital that they remain open so these students can continue to flourish!

  297. Daisy McClintock
    July 4, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Please keep the school open. I know personally what it is like living with a handicap. It can be rough at times. Please keep the school open. Thank you for your time.

  298. Anonymous
    July 6, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Mary Liddle
    Peru, Illinois
    Keep the school open.

  299. Chris Konsbruck
    July 16, 2009 at 11:41 am

    i went to 2 hearing schools that I learn nothing til I went to ISD. I learn a lot from ISD. Don’t dare to close ISD. I have some friends who was in mainstream schools. they can’t learn anything! Why waste spend on mainstream schools. You step on our face. I graduated 1965 of class. I will not vote who want to close ISD.

  300. Eugene La Cosse
    July 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Do not close the Illinois School for the Deaf. Abraham Lincoln says, ‘NO” from the grave!!! He had a vision among us all to never close the Illinpis School for the Deaf just like preserving the Union during Civil War! Preserve the Illinois School for the Deaf as well as for the Blind!

  301. August 16, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Why are u people closing ISD? That where alots of us grew up at. I’ve been there from 1969 and Gradurated 1975. That school is our Families friends that (CALLED HOME). I wanted to thanks the Teachers and the Dorm Staff for being there to teach us how to live and learn in this world now days. I have so many Menmory in that school and Best of having Families Friends. I looking forward going back and show my kids and Grandkids what I learn back in days. So try ur best to keep our School and Home open. Thank!!

  302. susan jackson degroh
    August 24, 2009 at 10:31 am

    im SURIPSE im was attend at isd 1984. im was lot my old friends and good education school . im was graduted 1988 im will be there in 2013 for our reunion class of 88 for 25 year im need see my old friend there …. please IM WANT SUPPORT SCHOOL STAY OPEN ……. thank susan jackson-degroh

  303. August 29, 2009 at 6:58 am

    nice blog.. liked it very much….can someone give me some other related blog address..???ne ways appreciated..!!!

  304. mark
    October 8, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    It truely is sad times. I wish you all well. Please stay open.

    If anyone could help me I would give full credit and reference to their thoughts as a primary source in a paper I am writting. it is due Oct 18 2009. It is one of three parts.

    I am writting a paper on how do deaf students use concepts, and skills learned in school outside their classroom?

    How does Deaf students grasp all possible opportunities ( like do things) outside the classroom?
    Are there programs or supports?

    What is the difference between knowledge and sills learned in class and those learned from their experience?

    What is the role of parents if the student lives in residence? How does a parent make it a learning place for the student?

    Thank you, if desired to help me in this.

  305. Bill Lawrence
    November 11, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Please don’t solve the state’s budget problems on the back of hearing impaired kids.

  306. Jeffrey Umsted
    February 4, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Jeffrey D Umsted McKenzie Tennessee 1986.


  307. April Johnson
    March 28, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    My younger sister attended ISD and graduated in 1997. This school opened a whole new world for. Prior to attending ISD, Sonya never used her voice or signed in public. Being at ISD provided her with a sense of who she is and empowered her with a higher esteem level. This school is important for students who are placed in public school systems that treat them as if they are special needs children,that do not have the capacity to learn as their hearing counterparts. While I recognize that the current economic crisis presents some challenges for the state of Illinois, education should not be a ‘sacrificial lamb’ for solving this crisis. I hope that our state government reconsiders its decision to close the doors of such an amazing school. Future students deserve an opportunity to flourish like my sister did.

  308. Jo Anne Bratkovich
    April 26, 2010 at 8:29 am

    I have several Deaf family members and strongly believe in a solid education for Deaf children, K through post-graduate studies. Please continue to support this school.

  309. Devin
    July 12, 2010 at 9:54 am

    New Orleans, LA ~ Supporter
    I will be moving there soon! Deaf children deserve the same education hearing students receive. They should not cut our children short due to budgets. These kids are out future.

  310. Scott Davis
    December 24, 2010 at 3:46 am

    I didnt go to ISD but my older brother did and i believe without it he wouldnt have gotten as far as he did when it comes to his disability and i believe if we shut the school down it would cause alot of problems for these kids and it wouldnt be fair for them just cause Gov. Quinn doesnt understand these kids Im Scott Davis and i graduated in 2009

  311. Barbara Hawkins
    March 16, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Having grown up in Jacksonville I have known students from ISD over the years. It should never be closed. It’s been there for such a long time and is still greatly needed to meet the needs of IL deaf students. I also have friends who taught there, and helped make it an excellent school.
    My brother went to the blind school in Jacksonville, and became an independent man who worked at what he liked to do, as an auto transmissions repairman.

  312. Paul Tollefson
    April 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    It is understood that both schools would take a fair amount of money to run… as they have for many decades. The schools however, are not set up as businesses, expecting to pull their own weight. It is entirely insane that the Governor sacrifices our children’s well being to balance political lack of planning and carelessness.

  313. jrodgers2005@hotmail.com
    April 28, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Don’t shut down ISD! Where is the NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND LAW AT NOW? These children are our future! So don’t take their future away from them! My brother is deaf and he did attend ISD! Because of him attending ISD, he gave me the gift of signing! Now, I have passed the signing on to my children, grandchildren, and also to the students at The Hope Institute for children and families! WOW what a gift it is too!!! Thank you ISD and my brother!!! Because of you others are learning! Govenor Quinn “Don’t take the future of the child that could be the next govenor, senator, or even President of the United States away from them!!!! Don’t punish the hearing impaired or sight impaired for the budget problems its not their fault!!! (sister of a hearing impaired)

  314. Becky L. Tucker
    April 28, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Becky L. Tucker
    Brighton IL 62012 (supporter)
    Please don’t close down these schools. Cuts should be taken somewhere else not on the education for ALL kids. Both of these schools help our family out when my son was little!!!

  315. Lynise Oseland
    April 28, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Lynise Oseland, Wood River, IL (supporter)

  316. Catherine Courtney
    April 28, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Catherine Courtney,Springfield IL supporter.

  317. Meeyah Keldermans
    April 28, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Please think about the future of our children. I am a proud aunt of a 13 year who is blind and attends summer camp at the Blind school.

  318. deb ogle
    April 29, 2011 at 12:16 am

    deb ogle – east alton, il – supporter –

    my cousin went to both schools when he was younger – i hope that others will get the opportunity to attend these schools.

  319. Rita Campbell
    May 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    The closing of Illinois School For the Deaf is not a solution of state’s budget cuts. Look at how much all Illinois public schools have spent on interpreter services and special needs for Deaf children…more expensive than Deaf school! I persoanlly thank ISD for giving me and the others receiving great education, developing best communication and social skills, having opportunty of playing sports and involving extra curricular activities. At public schools, Deaf students get nothing! After my graduation in 1977, I went to Gallaudet Univeristy to complete my bachelor’s degree. Believe it or not? – no one in or close to my hometown has gone to any 4-year college/university after graduating from public schools! Do you think good education is not needed? – no! You, politicans, should applaud Illinois School for the Deaf! Please keep this school open continually…thank you.

  320. Anonymous
    September 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    The deaf should have every advantage to be multilingual, and have the best education available. It makes for stronger families, and better communities

  321. Jerry Tuchman, Alumnus
    February 1, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    ISD has made meaningful contributions to the education of the hearing impaired and its budget should PLEASE be preserved.

  322. John Tego
    February 18, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Please keep ISD open. Closing this school will create a great economic burden on many,family members and job loses to many employees.

  323. June 4, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I charlie luebben.ent to a school for the deaf the name of the school was PARKER> IIN Chicago.It help me a lot What is the gov. doing in this type of school. he has never been a person that is deaf. he is out of his head to take away this type of school..

  324. August 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    These children need, deserve and have a right to the best possible education that has been specifically designed for their special needs. Governor Quinn look else where for your budget cuts.

  325. Anonymous
    March 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    goverment Quinn need to help these kids education he probably dont have a family member that is not deaf so u need to look else wher for budget cut do something right for these students that r deaf leave isd open
    and leave jobs oprn for the employees

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