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.

Top 10 Questions Rauner Didn’t Answer Today

Governor Rauner advertised a live question-and-answer session today on Facebook. Unfortunately, the Governor came prepared with his own questions and ignored the tough ones about the Governor’s failures. Here are the top 10 quesitons Rauner failed to answer today. 1. …

112th District Candidate Katie Stuart Pledges to Protect Home Healthcare for Seniors from Rauner-Kay Cuts

EDWARDSVILLE – Educator Katie Stuart, candidate for the 112th House District, on Tuesday pledged to oppose the $200 million cuts to home healthcare for seniors in the Governor’s proposed budget that is supported by incumbent Rep. Dwight Kay. “My own grandparents are in their …

Former Rauner Supporter Who Receives Home Care Services Says She’s Voting DelGiorno

State Rep. Candidate Tony DelGiorno “Walks a Day” in  Springfield home care worker Linda Grant’s shoes Springfield – Rubbing feet sore from diabetes and her cancer medication, Ida Bowers said she voted for Bruce Rauner in 2014. “I thought he would …

Mathis Job Shadows Caregiver in the Home of Stroke Survivor

August 16, 2016 TAYLORVILLE, Ill. – Knowing that the personal care given to an aging, ill or disabled individual in their homes is some of the most difficult and necessary work happening in our communities, state representative candidate Mike Mathis spent …

After Class-Action Lawsuit Threat, Rauner Withdraws Termination Process for Thousands of Caregivers of People with Disabilities

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 09, 2016 Victory for Workers and Consumers as Cruel Overtime Policy Firings Rescinded at 11th Hour CHICAGO-In a letter delivered Tuesday, the Bruce Rauner administration is announcing officially that it will suspend its punitive …

State of Illinois rescinds disastrous overtime policy

  The Disabled and Labor will continue fight to ensure longevity of Home Services FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                   Wednesday, August 03, 2016 CHICAGO-After months of pressure from people with disabilities and workers …

Important Update: DORS Overtime Changes

Update as of Tuesday, August 9, 2016 We are pleased to also announce that we now have confirmation that all past disciplinary occurrences related to the overtime policy will be rescinded. Again, all disciplinary occurrences that were given out to …

In Veto of Home Care Protections, Grave Rauner Threat to Seniors Remains

  44K At Risk of Forced Institutionalization by $200 Million Dismantling of Popular Community Care Program CHICAGO–News is breaking that Bruce Rauner late Friday vetoed House Bill 4351, which protected seniors who receive home healthcare and the successful Community Care …

Trump Co-Chair, Cabello, Partner in GOP War on Women

    Cabello can drive 400 miles to cheer on Trump’s sexism, but can’t show up to vote to protect working women and their families   Machesney Park, IL – Illinois Trump for President Co-Chair, State Representative John Cabello (R-Machesney …

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 …

STOPGAP BUDGET A BAND-AID FOR RAUNER’S SELF-INFLICTED WOUND TO ILLINOIS

SPRINGFIELD-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher in response to passage today of the Illinois stopgap budget. “The stopgap budget approved today by the General Assembly, while a step in the right direction, is merely a …

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 …

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 …