ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY OCT. 16, 2011 - In this Oct. 11, 2011 photo, Leigh Ann Stephens, executive director of DuPage Center for Independent Living, is seen in her office in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Stephens wrote... more 
ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY OCT. 16, 2011 - In this Oct. 11, 2011 photo, Leigh Ann Stephens, executive director of DuPage Center for Independent Living, is seen in her office in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Stephens wrote a letter in August “asking, pleading” for $50,000 the state owed to the DuPage Center for Independent Living. It was the third time in two years that she had sent a hardship letter warning the center, which helps people with disabilities live outside of costly nursing homes, would close if it wasn’t paid. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Kiichiro Sato
Sat, Oct 15, 2011 12:47 PM EDT