State Rep. Robyn Gabel of Evanston has been named legislator of the year by the disabilities advocacy group Arc of Illinois.

At a presentation Wednesday afternoon at the Center for Independent Futures on Davis Street in Evanston, Brian Rubin, president of The Arc of Illinois, said, “Representative Gabel is always there for us when we need assistance in the legislative process and has been extremely articulate in the debates in committee and in the House of Representatives.”

Gabel chairs the House Human Services Committee and is vice-chair of the House Appropriations-Human Services Committee and has sponsored recently adopted laws on special education and is sponsoring a bill that would increase wages for direct care professionals aiding the disabled.

“Representative Gabel has been our legislative hero,” said Ann Sickon, executive director of the Center for Independent Futures in Evanston. “She is our go to person in the Capitol.”

“I am honored that The Arc has selected me for their Legislator of the Year Award. The Arc is a strong advocate for individuals with disabilities and I appreciate working with them,” Gabel said.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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