Il lawmakers could revive home care program for the elderly

Apr 19, 2013

Illinois legislators are moving to revive a home care program for the elderly. The program ran out of funding last month. Democratic Representative Greg Harris of Chicago calls the situation "desperate."

He says without more money, home care workers could be out of jobs within a week, leaving senior citizens without assistance and potentially forcing them into nursing homes.

"I know across the state ... there are a lot of folks who are counting on us, who are worried about how they're going to be able to stay in their homes."

The House approved a plan authorizing a total of 324-million dollars in new spending ... part of which will be used to rescue the home care program. Legislators say it's a good use of state money because the federal government will match Illinois' spending.