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State budget cuts threaten independent living programs

By Joe Ward/For CU-CitizenAccess/ It had been a long and tiresome day for Hadley Ravencroft, who spent the majority of her Tuesday, March 15 in Springfield protesting the round of budget cuts set to hit the human services sector if Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget goes unamended.

She got no sleep the night before and was in physical pain at the capital, where she and some 300 others told politicians that their ability to get to Springfield with relative independence would be jeopardized if the sweeping budget cuts pass the General Assembly as they are supposed to.

Pam G. Dempsey/CU-CitizenAccess/Yolanda Martin sits down to fold a clean load of laundry as part of her duties as a personal assistant. Martin works nearly eight hours a week as a personal assistant for Hadley Ravencroft, who has limited mobility due to cerebral palsy. Funding for personal assistants like Martin is in jeopardy due to state budget cuts. Without a personal assistant, Ravencroft could not live independently.
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