Home Care


More than 50,000 home care workers are united in SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana. Every day, we provide essential care that helps keep tens of thousands of seniors and people with disabilities healthy and in their homes and communities.
SEIU Healthcare members work as Personal Assistants in the Illinois Department of Human Services/Office of Rehabilitation Services, and as home care aides at agencies across Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. Since 1983—when home care was a minimum-wage job, with no benefits–home care workers have fought for and won living wages and healthcare for home care workers, protected quality home care for seniors and people with disabilities from state budget cuts, and to expand home care to more consumers.
Every day, more home health aides in Indiana, Illinois and Missouri are joining the growing movement of caregivers for quality home care for all consumers, and living wages, healthcare and respect for the home care workforce.

Do Your Job, Save Healthcare Protest Draws Lots of Press Coverage

HCII members joined over a dozen organizations to protest Governor Rauner and the IL GOP at a fundraiser in Rosemont last night. We told Rauner to do his job and stand up against the GOP healthcare bill. We were thrilled …

Remembering Home Care Worker Amy Zimblemann

We recently lost a leader in our union from downstate Illinois who will be greatly missed. Amy Zimblemann was a champion for home care workers and seniors, stepping up to get involved no matter what the challenge. Whenever our union met …

Illinois General Assembly Take Steps to Correct Misguided, Dangerous Rauner Overtime Policy by Passing HB 3376

Advocates, people with disabilities, and caregivers now call on Rauner to change course Springfield – Following is a statement on behalf of Access Living, Caring Across Generations, and SEIU Healthcare Illinois in response to passage of HB 3376 out of …

BREAKING: Senate Follows House in Passing Historic $15 Minimum Wage Bill

Truest, Best, Fastest Way to Help MILLIONS of Illinois Workers; Gov. Rauner MUST SIGN NOW  SPRINGFIELD-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley following passage tonight in the Senate of Senate Bill 81, legislation to raise the …

Illinois Senate Takes Action to Protect 36,000 Fragile Seniors from Drastic Rauner Cuts to Home Care Services

State lawmakers lend their voice to growing chorus against $120 million cut to the successful Community Care Program SPRINGFIELD – The following is a statement on behalf of Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans and SEIU Healthcare Illinois in response to passage …

Illinois House Advances HB 1424 to Preserve the Successful Community Care Program for 36,000 Seniors

Illinois House Advances HB 1424 to Preserve the Successful Community Care Program for 36,000 Seniors Targeted for Devastating Cuts, Facing Relocation After intense outcry during IDOA public hearings last week, the Illinois House takes action to protect elderly Illinoisans from …

BREAKING: Historic Victory as $15 Bill Wins in House; On To Senate

2.3 MILLION Workers are Closer to a Raise  SPRINGFIELD-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley following passage today in the Illinois House of Representatives of Senate Bill 81, to raise the minimum wage to $15 by …

Illinois House Overwhelmingly Approves HB 3376, Aiming to Reduce Risk of Institutionalization for Thousands under Rauner HSP Overtime Policy

Bill heads to Senate next, paving way to ending months of uncertainty and chaos for over 8,000 people with disabilities SPRINGFIELD – Following is a statement on behalf of Access Living, Caring Across Generations, Illinois Network of Centers for Independent …

BREAKING: House Human Services Committee Approves HB 1424, Advancing Efforts to Protect 36,000 Seniors from Governor Rauner’s Drastic Home Care Cuts

(SPRINGFIELD) – The following is a statement on behalf of Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans and SEIU Healthcare Illinois in response to the Illinois House Human Services Committee vote (7-4) advancing House Bill 1424: “We applaud the members of the …

Introduction of HB 1424/SB 399 Aims to Protect 36,000 Vulnerable Illinois Seniors from Governor Rauner’s Drastic Cuts to Home Care Services

Advocates Warn of Disastrous Consequences for Health & Safety of Elderly if State Lawmakers Don’t Stop Rauner Proposal SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Dan Biss and State Representative Anna Moeller joined AARP Illinois, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Illinois Alliance for Retired …

BREAKING: Missouri Supreme Court Clears Way for St. Louis Minimum Wage Implementation

St. Louis Workers Thank Mayor Krewson for Championing Full and Immediate Implementation of City Minimum Wage Law Missouri Supreme Court Rejected Last-Ditch Legal Attack on St. Louis City Minimum Wage Increase ST. LOUIS — St. Louis workers are celebrating Tuesday’s …

“It’s Fearful” As House Bill 198 Goes Before Full House, Stories of Struggle from All Corners of Illinois from Low-Wage Workers

$15 Minimum Wage Seen as Help to Imperiled Local Economies After a two—day press tour with the legislation’s sponsor, Rep. Will Guzzardi, stories were pouring in from throughout the state from workers who are struggling to make ends meet as …

Important Update: DORS Overtime Changes

Update as of Wednesday, March 15, 2017 On Tuesday, March 14, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), voted on Bruce Rauner’s terrible overtime policy. It was a split vote along party lines – 6 democrats opposed the overtime policy …

BREAKING: Partisan JCAR Vote Approves Dangerous DHS Overtime Policy Despite Outcry from Stakeholders

Thousands of People with Disabilities and Caregivers Face Uncertain Future under Inflexible Policy that Undermines Consumer Control & Federal Overtime Laws Springfield – In a vote along party lines, republican members of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) voted …

St. Louis Workers Vindicated by Missouri Supreme Court Decision to Uphold City Minimum Wage Increase

St. Louis – The following statement was released by Laquita Bowers, an SEIU Healthcare Missouri member and CNA of 12 years at Garrison Care Center, in response to the Missouri Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the St. Louis minimum wage …

TV Coverage: #WhatsYourPlan for Healthcare Rally in Cook County

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Dr. Jay Shannon, CEO of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, along with healthcare and hospital workers from SEIU Local 73 and SEIU Healthcare Illinois held a joint press conference and rally …

Hospital Workers Urge Congress Not to Take Away Affordable Healthcare from Millions of American Families – #WhatsYourPlan

During Congressional Recess, Advocates Across the Country Ask “What’s Your Plan” to House Republicans and Trump Administration as Efforts to Repeal Obamacare Heat Up  (Watch video from rally below – or click here to see press coverage). Contact: scott.vogel@seiuhcil.org, SEIU …

McClatchyDC: Why did this great-grandma from Missouri get arrested on Capitol Hill?

BY LINDSAY WISE Read more here. WASHINGTON – Alice Allen couldn’t suppress the smile that crept onto her face Tuesday as Capitol Hill Police officers led her out of a Senate office building, her hands cuffed behind her back. The great-grandmother …

BREAKING: Access Living & SEIU Healthcare Illinois Statement on Rauner veto of Senate Bill 261

Governor’s veto of home care bill shows disregard for people with disabilities and the workers who care for them CHICAGO— Following is a statement on behalf of Access Living and SEIU Healthcare Illinois in response to Bruce Rauner’s veto of …

Attorney General Action a Symptom of Rauner Crisis

The following statement was released by SEIU President Keith Kelleher in response to Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s lawsuit seeking to overturn a court injunction that allows state workers to be paid during the budget impasse: “On behalf of our home …