CHICAGO-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher in response to Tammy Duckworth’s victory for U.S. Senate:
“As the healthcare union that represents caregivers to people with disabilities, it makes us especially proud to welcome Tammy Duckworth as our next U.S. senator. We know Tammy’s work will be much broader and she will be a fierce champion for the economic security of ALL Illinoisans, but having someone who understands the issues particular to our workforce and our consumers is historic.
“Here in Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner has thrown the entire system of care for seniors and people with disabilities into disarray. He doesn’t care or doesn’t understand the needs of the people he’s harming with his policies.
“Just the other day, Tammy joined our workers to discuss the various crises, manufactured and ongoing, now confronting our state. It is this willingness to listen to the people in need, rather than just the people at the very top, that we are hopeful will make her a superior senator. Congratulations, Tammy.”