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Article posted: 2/25/2013 5:00 AM

Circuit Breaker changes weigh heavily

I am a senior citizen and a Democrat but I am very upset with Gov. Pat Quinn. He has forgotten about senior citizens and people with disabilities by taking away their Circuit Breaker grant. What the governor doesn't understand is that low-income citizens in Illinois depended on that Circuit Breaker to help with outstanding bills or provided a little extra income to purchase food or medication.

The governor talks about how "nobody in Illinois should work 40 hours a week and live in poverty," but someone needs to inform him that for seniors and people with disabilities every penny counts when you're living on a fixed income in this down economy. And if he thinks taking pennies out of the pockets of low-income seniors to balance the budget is going to help get him re-elected he's going to receive a short circuit of his own at the polls, because it's not about helping people on minimum wage receive more money -- it's about helping the less-fortunate folks who have no wage at all.

Venida Pierce


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