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.

Following Gov. Rauner’s “State of the State Address” Rockford Home Care Workers and Faith Leaders Respond to Rauner’s Extreme Agenda and Ongoing to Cuts to Vital Services

 As Illinois Lapses Into an Eighth Month Without a State Budget, and Further Cuts to Vital Services Continuing, Working Families and Faith Leaders Say Gov. Rauner “Broke Illinois on Purpose” CONTACT: scott.vogel@seiuhcil.org (January 27th, 2016, Rockford) –Rev. Matthew Johnson of …

New Overtime Policy for Illinois Home Care Workers Threaten Thousands in the Home Services Program

Workers & Customers Speak Out In Support of Protecting Customer Voice in Choosing Caregivers Paula Templeton has cared for her son, David Conn, for the last 26 years in her Peoria, IL, home. Conn was hit by a car at …

ICYMI: Associated Press: Rauner Cap on Home Care Hours Promises Devastating Effects for Vulnerable Illinoisans

CHICAGO –  Bruce Rauner has thrown the state home care program in disarray with plans to cap hours for home healthcare workers in a bid to defy new federal rules that extend overtime protections to this low-wage workforce. According to …

ICYMI: SEIU Healthcare Sets Record Straight on Scott Reeder’s Unfounded Attack

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, December 14, 2015 Contact: Scott.Vogel@seiuhcil.org   CHICAGO – A column written by the Illinois Policy Institute’s Scott Reeder misrepresented a healthcare insurance program covering 5,250 home healthcare workers who are members of SEIU Healthcare Illinois. The …

Important Update: DORS Overtime Changes

UPDATE as of December 29, 2015 We have an important update to share regarding overtime hours for DORS workers in the Home Services Program. Many caregivers received letters from the Home Services Program that said you were not allowed to …

REBUKED: Court Gives Low-Wage Home Healthcare Workers Major Victory Against Another Gov. Rauner Attack

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 30, 2015  Contacts:  Graeme.Zielinski@seiuhcil.org   Court Mandates that Rauner’s Administration and Ally Munger Must Pay Into Health Fund and Protect Health Insurance for Nearly 5,000 Workers Who Provide Home Care for Adults with Disabilities EAST …

ICYMI: WGN Radio “Sunday Spin” Interview with SEIU Healthcare Illinois Delves Into State Rep. Ken Dunkin’s Broken Promises On Child Care and His New Primary Challenger

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 23rd, 2015 Contacts: James.Muhammad@seiuhcil.org or Scott.Vogel@seiuhcil.org   Also Discussed: Bruce Rauner’s Refusal to Pay Money Owed Into Fund for Health Insurance for Low-Wage Home Care Workers; SEIU HCII Lawsuit to Force Payment Chicago – Jaquie Algee, Vice-President …

PRESS RELEASE: SEIU Healthcare Illinois Files for Temporary Restraining Order Against Gov. Rauner’s Administration to Save Health Insurance for Thousands of Low-Income Home Healthcare Workers

For Immediate Release: November 20th, 2015 Contacts:  James.Muhammad@seiuhcil.org or Scott.Vogel@seiuhcil.org   Almost 5,000 Low-Wage Personal Assistants Who Care for Adults with Disabilities, Could Lose Heath Security By End of December Because of Rauner’s Refusal to Pay Into Health Fund   …

Press Release SEIU Healthcare Illinois: Largest State Bargaining Units Continue to Work Without Contract as Rauner Presses Extreme Demands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Contact: Graeme.Zielinski@seiuhcil.org   CHICAGO – Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher in response to the breaking news that the Bruce Rauner administration had reached a contract deal with …

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 …

BREAKING: Last-Minute Rauner Jockeying on Home Healthcare Does Not Remove Need for House Bill 2482; Seniors and People with Disabilities Used as Political Pawns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Monday, November 09, 2015 Contact: Graeme.Zielinski@seiuhcil.org,   CHICAGO-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher following news that Bruce Rauner is, for the moment, abandoning harmful new eligibility requirements for seniors and people with …

Mobile Billboards Launch Statewide Highlighting Dangers of “Bruce Rauner’s Illinois”

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Friday, November 06, 2015 Contact: Graeme.Zielinski@seiuhcil.org From Magnificent Mile to Springfield, Billboards Precede Crucial Votes in Springfield on Tuesday, November. 10th Votes to Save Illinois’ Child Care Program, Protect Senior Home Care CHICAGO – As the …

A Fateful Week: The Future of Child Care and Home Healthcare In Illinois Hangs in the Balance

FROM: Keith Kelleher, president, SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana (November 8th, 2015, Chicago) –This week will go a long way toward determining the future of child care and home healthcare in Illinois and whether Bruce Rauner will retain the ability …

ICYMI: WCIA: Rauner Extreme Contract Demands Would Harm Lowest-Paid State Workers: “Unbelievable and Unfathomable”

Seeks to Strip Away Health Care and Training from Child Care and Home Care Providers SPRINGFIELD-Overshadowed by the budget impasse that is ravaging social services throughout Illinois, Bruce Rauner also is making extreme demands of tens of thousands of state …

Chicago Home Care Worker Alantris Muhammad Featured in New Alliance for Justice Documentary

America’s economy has swung out of balance. It’s getting harder to get by, let alone get ahead. Everyday Americans are working more than ever before. Our work has created record wealth for an economic recovery that’s been everywhere but ordinary …

Home Care Workers Speak Out in Support of Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Legislation

(September 9th, 2015, Springfield) — A statewide coalition of advocates — including home care workers, seniors and adults with disabilities — converged at the State Capitol today to hold a press conference urging lawmakers to pass the Domestic Workers Bill …

Rauner Rejected: Statement Regarding Vote to Ensure Home Care for Low-Income Seniors and People With Disabilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 Contact: Graeme Zielinski, (312) 980-9128, Graeme.Zielinski@seiuhcil.org SPRINGFIELD – Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher in response to Wednesday’s vote on House Bill 2482 regarding the scoring used to …

Letter: Lawmakers, Overturn Governor Rauner’s Veto On Labor Arbitration Bill, SB 1229

Julie Piligram, a home care worker in Marengo, Illinois, wrote an amazing guest commentary for the Woodstock Independent, a weekly publication, about why home healthcare and child care providers need Interest Arbitration to resolve state contracts, especially with Gov. Bruce …

As House Veto Override of Labor Arbitration Bill Nears, Caregivers Hold Demonstration to Highlight Rauner’s Extreme Agenda to Slash Benefits that Improve Quality Care 

As the House prepares to take up a veto override of SB 1229, Illinois caregivers make the case for arbitration as Governor continues to push for elimination of training and health insurance for the low-wage workforce (Springfield) – Local caregivers …

Guest view: Labor arbitration best tool to protect vital services, resolve state contracts

Keith Kelleher, President of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, wrote the following guest commentary in the Northwest Herald on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 about the importance of the Labor Arbitration bill, SB 1229.    By KEITH KELLEHER -SEIU Healthcare Illinois Gov. Bruce …