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by Ashlee Rezin
Fri Mar 1, 2013

Illinois Legislators Meet With Seniors To Talk Budget Cuts, Social Security & Medicare (VIDEO)

With no resolution in sight when it comes to finding a balance between bringing down the federal deficit and ensuring that the social safety net stays intact, many of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens are concerned about the future of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

At a meeting at Frisbie Senior Center in Des Plaines this morning, U.S. Reps. Tammy Duckworth (D, IL-8), Bill Foster (D, IL-11) and Jan Schakowsky (D, IL-9) discussed budget cuts with a group of approximately 50 seniors and collected more than 4,000 petitions calling for benefit protections.

The petitions urged Congress to “protect the benefits we have worked for, paid for and earned” and “defeat privatization and other proposals that threaten my retirement and health security.”