Non-profit groups say the ongoing fight over the state budget could lead to tragic consequences for thousands of Illinoisans.
The agencies have state contracts for everything from taking care of people with disabilities to placing children in foster care. But the partisan fight over state spending means they're not being paid.
Al Riddley, on the board of the Illinois Partners for Human Service, says the groups are being led on a "death march."
"Perhaps it's time to change our state motto from 'Land of Lincoln' to 'We Don't Care,'" Riddley says.