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: 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 …

State Rep. Bill Mitchell: “Home care for seniors saves the taxpayers money”

After weeks of listening tours and meetings with community members including seniors and home healthcare providers, State Rep. Bill Mitchell acknowledged that home care saves taxpayer money and allows seniors to maintain their independence and comforts of living at home. The …

Watch WGN footage from Thompson Center rally against Rauner’s dangerous cuts

A thousand people from over 50 organizations across Chicagoland rallied outside of Governor Rauner’s Thompson Center office as the first day of cuts to vital services begin. Speaker after speaker implored the Governor to stop the cuts and instead raise …

Watch SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher testify about Rauner’s dangerous cuts

SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher and Lanette Newman, who cares for her 31-year-old son with debilitating seizures, testified at the General Assembly about the dangerous crisis of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s creation that, as you read this, is causing real and …

Watch video coverage of candlelight vigils against Rauner’s dangerous cuts

As the state budget expires, child care and home healthcare workers, faith leaders, elected officials and the vulnerable Illinoisans who are threatened by massive cuts proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner held vigils across the state on Tuesday. See footage from …

Letter to the editor: People aren’t bargaining chips

From Commercial-News by Delores Jackson Watching the debate around the budget unfold has me quite concerned. I am able to live at home thanks to home care services I receive through state programs. My home care worker is a blessing; …

Galesburg residents share how Rauner’s dangerous cuts will hurt them

Read more about the action from The Register-Mail: GALESBURG — Child and home care providers along with the Service Employees International Union Illinois gathered for a prayer vigil and rally to speak out against cuts proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner. …

SEIU Healthcare Illinois releases two ad spots; a new website

Featuring powerful images of real Illinoisans directly affected by his massive and dangerous budget cuts and contract demands, a new website and TV ad campaign debuting Monday in markets around the state focuses on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s efforts to dismantle the cost-effective …

Quad City Times: Illinois senior aid program may change

From the Quad City Times: SPRINGFIELD — Over the objections of Democratic lawmakers and advocacy groups, Gov. Bruce Rauner is moving forward with a plan to limit the number of seniors and disabled people who qualify for state-paid in-home visits. In …

Memo to reporters: Bruce Rauner power grab hits a wall

Negative media coverage, critical commentary, polling all suggest that Rauner strategy’s a flop In a week that saw Bruce Rauner and his wealthy allies finally follow through on threats to pour unprecedented amounts of money into an independent expenditure supporting …

Watch: Home care worker and consumer share how Rauner’s cuts will affect them

ABC-20 in Springfield interviews home care worker Kevin Holmes and his consumer Jeff Schumacher about Gov Rauner’s deep cuts to vital services like home care and how the cuts would affect Jeff’s life and Kevin’s ability to help. Watch: Take …

SEIU Healthcare IL Launches New Ad: “Wrong Priorities”

A new ad released by SEIU Healthcare Illinois features testimony from individuals who will be harmed by the dangerous budget cuts being demanded by Gov. Bruce Rauner, as well as caregivers and family members who will face the heartbreaking consequences …

Poll: Voters strongly oppose Rauner’s home care and child care cuts

Overview Our recent survey of 1,051 voters in Illinois shows that there is an overwhelmingly negative reaction to Bruce Rauner’s proposed cuts to state home-care and child- care programs. Opposition to Rauner’s cuts crosses party lines, suggesting that legislators who …

Decatur care providers and lawmakers denounce Rauner budget cuts

Decatur home care and child care workers, seniors, individuals with disabilities, and lawmakers stood together on Monday to denounce the Governor’s deep cuts to vital services. Watch coverage of the rally, courtesy of WCIA CBS 2: Did you like this? Share …

Unprecedented Power Grab: Rauner’s Plan to Buy the Legislature

Since Bruce Rauner and his wealthy friends bought the governor’s mansion, they’ve realized that rolling over the working families of Illinois isn’t as easy as vulture capitalism. Demanding draconian cuts to critical services that would devastate hundreds of thousands of …

Governor Rauner tries to buy support for service cuts

Governor Bruce Rauner has shown  he’s willing to blame state Democrats for deep service cuts. In fact, this devastating plan is all his. This includes huge cuts to child care and home care and cuts to Medicaid that could shutter community hospitals serving low-income populations. And while …

Governor Rauner confronted by child care workers

At a press event in Decatur yesterday, Governor Bruce Rauner was confronted by two child care workers furious at the Governor’s proposed cuts to child care and a number of other vital services. Child care workers Annie Yarbary and Laquasha McAfee …

Seniors rally outside Governor Rauner’s Chicago office to stop cuts to home care services

Community Leaders Demand that Rauner Pass a Responsible and Fair Budget to Avoid a Government Shutdown Chicago – Seniors joined community leaders and working families at a rally today at the State of Illinois Thompson Center to call on Gov. Bruce Rauner …

Training matters to home and health care providers

Governor Rauner has proposed cutting training funds for home care and child care workers. Everyone wants their children, seniors, and loved ones with disabilities safe in the hands of an experienced and well-trained care provider. Cutting training would create greater liability …

Another Rauner appointee being paid from Department of Human Services budget

After the revelation that Governor Rauner’s education czar Beth Purvis receives a quarter of a million dollar salary siphoned from the Department of Human Services (DHS) budget, evidence has emerged that another Rauner appointee pulls their salary from the DHS budget. …