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.

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 …

State of Ruin: 10 Facts about Illinois Under Rauner

1. Manufacturing Jobs Lost Since Governor Rauner took office, the state has lost more than 17,000 manufacturing jobs. (http://www.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/Pages/CES.aspx) 2. Credit Rating the Lowest in the Nation Under Governor Rauner, the state of Illinois has had its credit downgraded to …

State of Denial: Illinois Languishes as Bruce Rauner Budget Crisis Continues

Trump Rhetoric Matched By Policy of Ruin in Land of Lincoln SPRINGFIELD-Following is the response of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State Address today: “Bruce Rauner remains in a state of denial. …

JCAR Votes for Delay in Rauner OT Cuts

SPRINGFIELD- Following is the joint statement of Access Living and SEIU Healthcare Illinois in response to the breaking news that the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules voted unanimously to delay the adoption of Rauner administration rules to cut overtime for …

Christmas Eve Surprise: Rauner Administration Withholds OT Policy from Public to Avoid Scrutiny as Effort to Cut Care Continues; Controversial Move Rammed through Administrative Process Without Stakeholders

(Chicago) Following is a joint statement from Access Living and SEIU Healthcare Illinois in response to the breaking news that the Department of Human Services submitted to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (“JCAR”) its controversial new policy to cut home healthcare …

Home Healthcare Workers Fight for Overtime Pay

Story via CentralIllinoisProud.com/WMBD TV Peoria   People who work with the disabled, could lose their overtime pay. “He is basically best described as an infant.” Tim Sommer is a caretaker for his 23-year-old son, Seaver. Cerebral palsy prevents him from …

BREAKING: General Assembly passes SB 261 to protect & strengthen supports for people with disabilities

Access Living & SEIU Healthcare Illinois Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 261 Legislation protects and strengthens supports for people with disabilities “We applaud passage of Senate Bill 261, which defends the right of people with disabilities to decide who …

Passage of Senate Bill 261 Shows Desire to Preserve Consumer Choice in Home Services Program

SPRINGFIELD – Following is the joint statement of Access Living and SEIU Healthcare Illinois following passage Wednesday of Senate Bill 261, legislation to reverse the implementation of Rauner rules that have undermined the principle of choice in home healthcare services …

Veto Override in Senate of Child Care (SB 2536) and Home Healthcare (SB 2931) Protection Bills Defies Rauner Attacks

SPRINGFIELD-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher following the veto override in the Illinois Senate today of Senate Bills 2536 and 2931, legislation to protect the state’s child care and home healthcare workforce from cuts to …