– From Ken Previti’s blog. Ken received the following from a retired Illinois teacher.
I just wanted you all to know how [IL Gov. Bruce] Rauner’s unconstitutional act of not providing a signed budget has affected me at my most vulnerable. As you all know, my cancer returned this past summer and I am forced to undergo more chemotherapy which is an exhausting ordeal. I was informed this week that my doctor could no longer treat me, despite my paying my premiums and Cigna approving 100% payment the State of Illinois could no longer make payments and has informed my doctor’s office that it would take over a year to process his invoices. I will now have to drive 37 miles one way for treatment at Rush University which is still accepting my insurance. With winter approaching and the exhaustion following the treatments, I will have to once again impose on friends or The American Cancer Society to get me to Chicago and back home again.
Something needs to be done about a governor holding the legislature and its citizens hostage so that he can destroy collective bargaining rights and tromp on workers’ rights. I thank you all for your continued advocacy and willingness to fight for those of us who cannot do so.
(Name withheld by request)