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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. • About 500 home health care workers from around Illinois packed into the state Capitol rotunda today to protest Gov. Pat Quinn's plans for deep cuts to human services.

Chanting, "Have some guts, fight these cuts," the protestors implored Quinn and other leaders not to cut health care funding and other money that could affect elderly or disabled clients who get state-subsidized care in their homes.

Quinn's new proposed budget calls for deep cuts in most areas, including $2.7 billion from the state's Medicaid program, in an attempt to address a multi-billion-dollar backlog of unpaid state bills.

The protestors included Lashonda Sanders, a state Department of Rehabilitative Services home health-care worker from Belleville, who said she attended on behalf of a disabled woman she cares for. “She can’t come and speak for herself, so I have to come and be her voice,” she said.

The Legislature will take up Quinn's budget proposal over the next few months.