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.

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 …

Kicking People While They’re Down: DHS Hearing on Drastic Rauner Rules Changes to Deny Benefits to the Needy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 CHICAGO-Drastic rules changes the Rauner administration is proposing to tear apart the Illinois social safety net and make it easier to exclude the needy from a wide range of essential benefits, including food …

St. Louis Workers Keep Pressure on Local Lawmakers for Minimum Wage Increase

Workers Gather, Call on Lewis Reed and Board of Alderman to Hold Resumed Session, Pass Minimum Wage Increase March From McDonald’s to City Hall Symbolize Movement to Raise Wages’ Progress in Missouri St. Louis, MO- Low wage workers in the health …

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 …

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 …

Rauner promises more money to state Republicans

In May, just as he was introducing his widely unpopular “Turnaround Agenda” to Illinois, Bruce Rauner tried doling out $400,000 to every single Republican in the General Assembly. Now, as the public continues to reject his hard-right political program, the …

Republican State Rep. Michael McAuliffe signs “pledge to protect”

On Friday, after “walking a day” in the shoes of home care providers who aide Michael Deiure, State Rep. Michael P. McAuliffe became the first Republican to sign our “pledge to protect” vital services like home healthcare and child care …

On 20th Anniversary of Heat Wave Deaths, Reasons For Concern About Welfare of Illinois Seniors and People With Disabilities

Following is the statement of Alberta Walker, vice chair, Home Care Division, SEIU Healthcare Illinois, regarding extreme weekend weather and the care of vulnerable Illinoisans: “Twenty years ago this week, hundreds of seniors and people with disabilities died in a …

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Watch: Decatur residents continue to take action against Bruce Rauner’s dangerous cuts

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Rep. Avery Bourne calls police on own constituents

Since Bruce Rauner’s dangerous cuts to home healthcare and child care began July 1, SEIU Healthcare has received thousands of letters from across Illinois from residents already suffering, or who will be as a result. Today, a delegation of Rep. Avery Bourne’s constituents traveled …

Letter: A personal story: Home health care cuts will put me in a nursing home

From the Peoria Journal-Star: About 10 years ago, I had just turned 30 and woke up one morning unable to move from my neck down. It was terrifying, and when I learned I had a spinal condition that would leave …

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:                   …

Chuck Sweeny | Rockford Register-Star: Selfish budget squabble putting real people in danger

From the Rockford Register-Star: by Chuck Sweeny I talked today by phone to Ed Gasbarra of Orland Park. He’d read one of my columns on the state’s budget impasse and asked me if there had been any progress in passing an …

The Telegraph: Residents speak out against program cuts

From The Telegraph ALTON – Area residents attended a community hearing Thursday to speak out against Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed change to the state’s Community Care Program — a program that helps keep older Illinoisans in their homes and …

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 …

Bugle-Sentinel: Budget standoff hits home for state workers

By Dave Sennerud | For The Bugle-Sentinel While some may see the budget stalemate between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic legislators as political gamesmanship, home healthcare worker Helen Brown of Joliet says the potential government shutdown is no contest: …

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 …