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. But the outcome will determine the future for many Illinois citizens with disabilities.
State Representative Charlie Meier is a farmer by birth - he tends 14 hundred acres with just one hired hand.
MEIER: We’re in Okawville, Illinois in my family kitchen.
MEIER: Built in 1907. My grandma drug all the logs home with a pack of mules for the house and the barn and then they were cut up here.