Illinois' current budget proposal includes cuts that would limit funding for human services providers. Both providers and those that benefit from the programs are asking the state to reconsider.
Nancy Healy suffers from multiple sclerosis, a progressive disease she has lived with for more than 20 years. Healy says the 5 hours of care she receives a day from "Advocates for Access" are the difference between living at home and in a nursing home; a difference she says means the world to her.
"I would like them to actually think what they would do for their loved ones if they happened to wake up one day and they can't see or are paralyzed. What would they do for that person? I would think anything they could to keep that person home," says Healy.
Advocates for Access also provides Youth Transition Services and Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.