It’s never too late in Springfield – at least, that’s what supporters of a senior citizens’ prescription drug program hope. About 200 seniors rallied in the Hall of Flags near the Capitol to urge lawmakers to save Illinois Cares Rx, a program the governor has said he wants to cut to help balance the budget. State Rep. Mary Flowers (D-Chicago) said she would introduce a bill to get the program back into the budget.
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The session is scheduled to end May 31, but SEIU Healthcare’s Denise Gaines told the crowd they have all the way until midnight that night to get something done, and not to believe anyone who says it’s too late. Jude Love of Champaign was one of the speakers. “Frankly, I’m tired that these programs for seniors are under threats of harmful cuts and elimination every year,” she said. “I don’t understand why seniors are always (on) the chopping block. We didn’t create the budget crisis this state is facing today.” Love, a member of the Champaign County Health Care Consumers, says without a program such as Illinois Cares Rx, her cancer may return.