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: With Friday Vetoes of Child Care and Home Healthcare Bills, Rauner Continues GOP War on Women and People of Color and Brings Spirit of Cleveland Home to Illinois

  CHICAGO-News is breaking that Bruce Rauner has vetoed House Bill 5764 and Senate Bills 2536 and 2931, which protect child care and home healthcare, respectively. In so doing he is continuing the Republican War on Women and People of …

Special Report: One Month In, Illinois Overtime Policy Disrupting Care, Hurting People with Disabilities, Workers, & Families

On Thursday, June 2, SEIU Healthcare Illinois joined Access Living, Caring Across Generations, the Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living, and the National Employment Law Project in releasing a special report that highlights the myriad of issues and complications …

Letter to Gov. Rauner: “You’re attacking those of us with the least in order to protect those with the most”

Dear Governor Rauner, My name is K.L. Cleeton of Effingham and I am a 26 year old person with a disability. I have a condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) that is best understood as being something like completely paralyzed from the neck …

Important Update: DORS Overtime Changes

UPDATE as of Friday, April 29, 2016 Despite our union’s good-faith efforts to reach a fair agreement on overtime, the State pulled a bait-and-switch, insisting that any agreement on overtime must be contingent on us agreeing to a 4-year wage freeze for …

In Major Rebuke to Rauner, General Assembly Moves to Protect Caregiving System in Illinois; Children, Seniors and People With Disabilities-and Taxpayers-Benefit from Moves to Defend Workforce

SPRINGFIELD-Voting with huge majorities, the General Assembly on Wednesday took major steps to protect the system of child care and home healthcare built up over the years with bipartisan support that has been under attack by Gov. Bruce Rauner. By …

Rauner Interrupted: Personal Assistants & People with Disabilities Confront Governor Rauner in Springfield About Overtime Policy

In case you missed it, Personal Assistants and people with disabilities had a HUGE week!  On Wednesday, SEIU Healthcare Executive Board member and Personal Assistant Ginger Grant from Charleston, IL, joined a panel of advocates, caregivers, and people with disabilities to …

Illinois Senate Passes $15 Minimum Wage for Home Healthcare Providers; Super Majority Vote Rejects Rauner’s Attacks on Majority-Women Workforce

CHICAGO-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Vice President Terri Harkin after the Illinois Senate voted today to pass SB 2931, the Workforce Protection Bill for Home Healthcare Providers Serving People With Disabilities. SB 2931 would raise the wage …

BREAKING: Rauner Cap on Care for People With Disabilities Violates Law; SEIU Healthcare Illinois Files Unfair Labor Practices Charge Over OT Bait-and-Switch

CHICAGO-When on May 1st the Bruce Rauner administration unilaterally enacted new federal overtime rules for home healthcare workers as an excuse to cut services for people with disabilities, it violated the law. That is the substance of an Unfair Labor …

People with Disabilities, Personal Assistants Take Fight Against Rauner’s Overtime Policy to the Streets of Chicago

16 People with Disabilities, Home Healthcare Workers, Advocates Take Arrest in Chicago Protesting Governor Rauner’s Draconian Overtime Policy (Chicago) – Chaos and confusion around Governor Rauner’s dangerous Overtime Policy for the Home Services Program that was implemented Sunday, May 1, …

BREAKING: Rauner Administration Bait-and-Switch on Overtime Rules Would Further Destabilize System of Care

CHICAGO-Following is the joint statement of Access Living, IMPACT Center for Independent Living, Northwestern Illinois Center for Independent Living, Living Independently Now Center of Southern Illinois, Opportunities for Access, Illinois Iowa Center for Independent Living, and SEIU Healthcare Illinois in …

ANALYSIS: Bruce Rauner Targets Seniors With $197.6 Million Cut to Care

43,700 At Risk As Community Care Program Faces Annihilation; Five Times as Much in Cost in Store CHICAGO-A review of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s FY2017 budget, introduced Wednesday, shows he is targeting some 44,000 seniors with almost $200 million in cuts …

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Budget Proposal: A) My Way, or B) The Highway

(For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 17, 2016) Contact: Graeme.Zielinski@seiuhcil.org or James.Muhammad@seiuhcil.org   SPRINGFIELD-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Vice President James Muhammad in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Wednesday budget address. “Bruce Rauner’s budget proposal? A. My way. …

Protecting Workers from Historic Overreach: SEIU Healthcare Illinois Supports House Bill 580

CHICAGO-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher in support of House Bill 580, which would institute a mediation process for Illinois workers: “On behalf of more than 53,000 state child care and home healthcare workers who …

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 …

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   …