1314 West Walnut,

Jacksonville, Illinois 62650

Off: 217-245-9504

Fax: 217-245-2350  

Email: ecc@elmcity.org

Web page: www.elmcity.org

Work and Independence for people with disabilities.





Social Service



Board of Directors


Code of Ethics

Consumer Rights


How Are You Paid

OIG Abuse &

Neglect Handbook

Corporate Compliance

2014 CARF Report

Cultural Competency

Contact Us

Get Adobe Reader



 Bill Search 


Illinois State Phone Directory Search





Welcome to Elm City Center!

Providing services to people with disabilities since 1959

A Community Based Agency Providing Work, Vocational, Residential and Social Services

  • We help people with disabilities be independent and live in the community.
  • We serve over 200 people a day.
  • We have over 100,000 square feet of production space with 9 docks and over $500,000 of shrink-wrap packaging equipment. Our customers are in retail stores through out North America. We can provide specialized packaging in almost any volume.
  • We have offer certified confidential shredding for documents.
  • We have residential programs throughout Jacksonville.
  • We have been nationally accredited by  CARF since 1972.



The Elm City lawn crew is putting in some serious cutting time this summer.  We maintain the acres of grounds at JDC, the ball fields for Jacksonville Area Baseball at the American Legion/JDC fields, the Elm City campus and our homes. The non-stop rain for the last weeks makes for non-stop grass and soft ground, not to mention odd cutting times between the rains. They do a great job.


It's another season and the Elm City tent is making the rounds. Over ten years ago we purchased this tent as a way to give back to the community. We provide the tent to community groups for various events. Over the years it has been at golf tournaments, youth football, Duncan Manor Ice Cream socials, Chamber of Commerce picnics and many other community events. So far in 2015, it has been at the Downtown Celebration, 4th of July Blast, and Bragging Rights BBQ. Right now the tent is behind the music stage at the Morgan County Fair grounds for the food crew for the stage hands, Eli Young Band and Night Ranger. We are coming to PAWS on July 25 and 5 more locations before the summer is up.


At Least 25,000 Developmentally Disabled and Mentally Ill Children & Adults to Lose Services, Nearly 5,000 jobs to Disappear if FY 16 Budget Impasse Not Addressed

Conservative Estimate includes only Member Agencies of IARF -- Impacts Likely Much Worse

As of June 26, 2015, Governor Rauner has provided appropriations for K-12 schools to open this fall. He has vetoed all other budget related items. That means that as of July 1, 2015 there will be no money available to pay community based organizations like Elm City for the services they provide. Many organizations are planning closures and laying off staff because they simply do not have savings or other revenue to cover their costs. To understand the potential impact. IARF did a survey of their membership. Using data from the 90% of IARF members who participated in the FY16 Budget Impasse Survey, the Association has released two important documents that stress the impact of entering FY16 without a budget deal on children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental illnesses receiving community-based services.

IARF Press Release and Information Materials

1.    IARF FY16 Budget Impasse Impact Statements - details the number of consumers and staff in community-based agencies who will be impacted by a budget impasse. Furthermore, it provides a timeline for the dismantling of community-based ID/DD and mental health services and supports – layoffs, closure notifications, termination of services, etc. IARF staff have shared this information with key legislators and staff, administration officials, and various other stakeholder groups.

2.    IARF Press Release – FY16 Budget Impasse – similar to the impact statement document above, this press release highlights the consequences of entering FY16 without a budget deal in place. At least 25,000 developmentally disabled and mentally ill children and adults stand to lose services, while nearly 5,000 of their support staff in community-based agencies will lose their jobs. Both of these figures are based on IARF responses only and are an understatement compared to the system as a whole.

3.    IARF Budget Impasse Survey Q&A – during a survey follow-up call several questions were asked by IARF member agencies. Attached are those questions with answers from staff. These are for your reference.


Monday, March 9 2015 was the 66th all you can eat Pancake Feast at McLelland Hall on the MacMurray College campus. Kiwanis served about 5,000 meals. Elm City was well represented as a sponsor, providing equipment, and work crews from the ECC AKtion Club.  Mark Gillespie, Jeff Hepworth, Robin Rinaldo, Travis Hamm, and Tom Frederick worked the kitchen and Hall. Dick Cody, Buchanan/Cody Funeral Home was extremely generous in providing 130 tickets which pushed our total to 250 meals for anyone who wanted to go. We made sure all the tickets were used.


The remodeling of our two most recent homes is done.  One HOME IS100% accessible by people in wheel chairs. The other will simply be a regular home. Both homes:

  • Are large, converted duplexes with four bedrooms. 

  • Have laundry facilities with washer and dryer

  • Each home will have 24 hour staff to assist with whatever needs to be done.

  • Are in nice, well maintained residential neighborhoods.

We are on the market for two more homes that meet the CILA requirements. By the time this is all done we will have 6 group homes and over 20 apartments throughout Jacksonville. We have been talking with DDD Transitions about people we know who moved from JDC and want to return to Jacksonville. We are also open to people on Puns, part of Ligas. or simply looking to transition from home to independence.


This home is 100% wheelchair accessible with very large bathroom, roll in showers, an extra large kitchen, a covered outdoor deck, and large living areas. SEE SHILOH DETAILS


This home has an extra large kitchen, enclosed breezeway, two living rooms, a three car garage, and many closets. SEE WESTFAIR DETAILS

If you know someone with a disability who is looking for a residential setting or you simply want more information contact Julie Pikert or Cyndy Claussen at 217-245-9504.


Some consumers and staff  put together money and got gifts for a donation to Operation Care Package in Joliet which runs the ‘Let No Hero Be Forgotten’ program. OCP provides a volunteer service which supports our men and women in the military with mail call surprise packages. A very fine project for the holidays.

Operation Care Package, 611 Wilcox St., Joliet IL, 60435. Here is their thank you letter:


Buildings often have a past that is very different from current operations. Believe it or not, our Admin building used to be the home for WJJY-TV in 1969-1971 which served Jacksonville, Springfield, and Quincy. WJJY-TV was the most powerful TV station in the nation and one of the tallest structures in the hemisphere.  On Columbus Day, 2014 we were visited by J. Mitch Hopper who was one of the first employees and worked with Chief Engineer, Harold Eskew in mounting equipment, running wires under the control room floor, installing many of the thousands of connectors. He also installed the basic telephone system we still use today. He stayed with the station as a staff engineer/technician and ran many of the on-air shifts as well as being the primary film editor. He has a website: http://www.brainmist.com/wjjy_tv/wjjy_tv.htm that talks about the station’s history and how they went out of business. Their studio was located where our lunch room currently exists.  The real floor is 3 feet below the current floor which we raised when we built the lunch room several years ago. The engineering room is now a large meeting room. The base of the relay tower that sent the pictures to the transmittal tower in Bluffs still exists on our property. Years later, the Bluffs transmission tower crashed down during an extremely heavy ice storm. Elm City bought the TV property and moved in after it had been empty for several years. Will Elm City still be here 45 years from now? What do you think people will say about us then?

You are visitor 

Hit Counter

Elm City Center

An equal opportunity employer.

Revised - 7/10/2015