On April 5, Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago and Sue Scherer, D-Decatur spoke to senior citizens across Illinois reassuring them that they are advocates of senior services.
Over 70 senior citizens from all over Illinois gathered under the Rotunda of the Illinois Statehouse urging the General Assembly to hear their voices concerning cuts to state funded senior services like meal programs and housing options. "The amount it takes for one senior to live in a nursing home is equivalent to the cost of three people living in their own homes," said Tracy Colagrossi, president of the Association of Illinois Senior Centers. "It doesn't make sense economically to make people leave their homes."
The rally was organized by senior advocacy groups across the state including the Association of Illinois Senior Centers, American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) Illinois Social Workers Association, Illinois Council of Case Coordination Units and more.