Fair Tax

Why should a banker or corporate executive making over a million dollars each year pay the same flat income tax rate as a single mom making $15,000 a year?  Why do so many rich corporations avoid paying any taxes despite making record profits?

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana supports campaigns that simply ask rich corporations and high income earners to pay their fair share in taxes to invest in our communities.  When the rich don’t pay the fair share, our programs go unfunded, and working families gotta pick up the tab or pay the price.

Child Care Providers Hold Pop-Up Preschool in Protest of Governor Rauner’s Continued Attacks on the Successful Child Care Assistance Program

Childcare Providers and their allies denounce Governor Rauner’s allegiance to billionaires while Illinois kids and working parents struggle with cuts to child care assistance  Chicago- After years of cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program and regressive tax policy, frontline …

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Issues Statement on House Votes: Intense Public Pressure Forces Gov. Rauner to Cease Attacks on Illinois’ Child Care and Home Healthcare Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 10th, 2015 Contacts:  Graeme.Zielinski@seiuhcil.org, Scott.Vogel@seiuhcil.org,   Now that Gov. Rauner Says He Supports Vital Services, He Must Figure Out How to Pay For it By Asking the Super Wealthy and Big Banks to Pay Fair Share …

Roseland Community Members Protest South Side Chase Bank Branch to Demand that the Rich Pay Their Fair Share In Taxes to Protect Vital Services

After Three Months of Governor Rauner’s Government Shutdown, Residents of Roseland Community Say Illinois’ Unfair Tax System Favors the Rich, Big Banks and Major Corporations While Wrecking Havoc On Local Economy and Hurting Working Families (October 1st, 2015, Chicago) — …

Bruce Rauner’s Bullheaded Government Shutdown Strategy Continues to Fail

Despite spending gobs of his own money, Republican slippage continues; Leading pundit says Rauner’s strategy can’t succeed First it was Republican Terri Bryant, who said after visiting an Addus adult care facility, that “it is incumbent upon those of us …

State Senator Steve Stadelman and Representative Litesa Wallace Release New “Innovation Illinois” Study Showing the Dramatic Economic Impact and Jobs Created By Illinois’ Vital Programs for Working Families

As Gov. Rauner’s Government Shutdown Persists, Working Families Urge State Lawmakers to Work Together to Pass a Responsible Budget that Protects Child Care and Home Care Services State Senator Steve Stadelman and Representative Litesa Wallace joined child care providers and home …

DNA Info: Illinois Ordered To Pay Health Care Providers Despite Budget Stalemate

From DNA Info Chicago: by Andrea V. Watson ROSELAND — A federal judge has ordered the state to pay health care providers despite the budget impasse in Springfield. The state had told providers earlier this month it couldn’t pay them …

BREAKING: Roseland Hospital Funding Cuts Show “Black Lives Matter” to Bruce Rauner-As Political Pawns

News is breaking that Gov. Bruce Rauner is refusing funding for historic Roseland Hospital as part of a budget crisis meant to achieve non-budgetary political ends. Roseland is the only hospital within miles of a far South Side community. Following …

Chicago Tribune: Day care providers face uncertain future in absence of state budget

From the Chicago Tribune: by Yadira Sanchez Olson Dortha and Estern Rivers’ days for the past 21 years have been filled with songs, games and nap times. In their Rivers Home Daycare in Zion, the couple cares for kids ages 1 …

The Register-Mail: Some services for Illinois elderly, disabled in limbo

From The Register-Mail by Sophia Tareen SPRINGFIELD — Mary Schnell rises around 6 a.m. each day to help dress, feed and give medicine to her husband of nearly 65 years, who has dementia that affects his memory, his movements and makes …

Lincoln Courier: Advocates blast Gov. Rauner for freezing child care enrollment

From the Lincoln Courier: by Dean Olsen Advocates for low-income families needing state-subsidized child care blasted Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday for putting in place more stringent eligibility guidelines that have reduced new enrollment in the program to a trickle. “This …

A billionaire Governor facing a huge deficit demolished Bruce Rauner’s budget argument

Journalist C. Robert Gibson reports in The Huffington Post that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has pulled the state out of a deep deficit and created tens of thousands of new jobs by raising taxes on the wealthy and boosting the …

Photos: Roseland rallies against Rauner budget cuts

On Sunday, hundreds of Roseland community residents rallied against Gov. Rauner’s dangerous cuts. Faith and labor leaders, small business owners, elected officials and many more shared their stories of suffering under the Rauner cuts. Here are some highlights:                   …

Governor Rauner Holds Press Conference to Blame Others for His Shutdown Strategy: “Totally Unwilling to Accept Responsibility for Any Consequence of His Actions.”

Following is the response of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Vice President James Muhammad in response to a press conference earlier today held by Gov. Bruce Rauner. “Gov. Rauner today continued his game of political chicken, blaming others and doubling down on …

BREAKING: Cook County Ruling Puts Critical Services Further at Risk

  Following is the response of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Vice President James Muhammad to a Cook County judge’s ruling today that the State of Illinois cannot pay workers in full without an approved budget: “A principle outcome of today’s ruling …

Watch WGN footage from Thompson Center rally against Rauner’s dangerous cuts

A thousand people from over 50 organizations across Chicagoland rallied outside of Governor Rauner’s Thompson Center office as the first day of cuts to vital services begin. Speaker after speaker implored the Governor to stop the cuts and instead raise …

Watch SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher testify about Rauner’s dangerous cuts

SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher and Lanette Newman, who cares for her 31-year-old son with debilitating seizures, testified at the General Assembly about the dangerous crisis of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s creation that, as you read this, is causing real and …

Watch video coverage of candlelight vigils against Rauner’s dangerous cuts

As the state budget expires, child care and home healthcare workers, faith leaders, elected officials and the vulnerable Illinoisans who are threatened by massive cuts proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner held vigils across the state on Tuesday. See footage from …

Memo to reporters: Bruce Rauner power grab hits a wall

Negative media coverage, critical commentary, polling all suggest that Rauner strategy’s a flop In a week that saw Bruce Rauner and his wealthy allies finally follow through on threats to pour unprecedented amounts of money into an independent expenditure supporting …

Report: Cutting Children Out of Care, Into Poverty

A new report out today details the devastating consequences of Governor Rauner’s proposed cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program and other vital family services. Read the full report here. The report details the cuts proposed by the Governor, including: …

Another Rauner appointee being paid from Department of Human Services budget

After the revelation that Governor Rauner’s education czar Beth Purvis receives a quarter of a million dollar salary siphoned from the Department of Human Services (DHS) budget, evidence has emerged that another Rauner appointee pulls their salary from the DHS budget. …