There’s a tug-o-war going on in Southern Illinois over how the state cares for its neediest citizens. It’s playing out along a ribbon of small towns almost 300 miles south of Chicago. But the outcome will determine the future for many Illinois citizens with disabilities.
As part of our Hey Gov political series, we’re out to find what happens when local needs bump up against the broader goals of state government.
State Representative Charlie Meier is a farmer by birth - he tends 14 hundred acres with just one hired hand.