Leaders in Action

Home Care Workers Speak Out in Support of Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Legislation

(September 9th, 2015, Springfield) — A statewide coalition of advocates — including home care workers, seniors and adults with disabilities — converged at the State Capitol today to hold a press conference urging lawmakers to pass the Domestic Workers Bill …

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 …

Why are low-income parents and children being targeted by our governor?

On Wednesday morning, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) introduced a bill that would roll back Gov. Bruce Rauner’s draconian new eligibility requirements to the Child Care Assistance Program that have denied 90% of applicants since July 1st. Shannon Norris, a …

Illinois Times: Child care cuts threaten families on the edge

From the Illinois Times: by Patrick Yeagle Chandra Ankoor of Springfield gets three or four hours of sleep a night, seven days a week. She’s not sure how much longer she can keep that up, but she does it for …

Springfield ABC: Child Care Providers Pressure Gov Rauner to Get Paid, Centers Held Hostage

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Forbes: Child Care Providers Demand $15-An-Hour Pay

  From Forbes: by Anna Bahney As the Fight for $15, the movement to secure a $15-dollar an hour wage for employees, gains momentum, child care providers are becoming more vocal about working toward the goal. Calling our child care …

State Latino caucus speaks out against child care cuts

Translation: Good morning. My name is Maria del Carmen Macias and I have been a family child care provider in Chicago’s northwest side neighborhood for over seven years. I care for 16 children, from 12 month old to 12 year …

Sun-Times: Community wants Roseland Hospital to stay open

From the Chicago Sun-Times:  By Maudlyne Ihejirika In the wake of a judge’s order that state payments to Cook County hospitals relying heavily on Medicaid funds must continue during the state budget standoff, community leaders rallied at South Side Roseland …

Hoosiers to Rally to Raise the Wage

At Statehouse and Across the State, Working Families and Community Allies Call Upon Governor Pence to Take Executive Action to Raise Wages for Struggling Workers, Including 37% of low-income Hoosiers. Responding to raising prices and stagnant Indiana wages, Hoosier working families …

DNA Info: Illinois Ordered To Pay Health Care Providers Despite Budget Stalemate

From DNA Info Chicago: by Andrea V. Watson ROSELAND — A federal judge has ordered the state to pay health care providers despite the budget impasse in Springfield. The state had told providers earlier this month it couldn’t pay them …

BREAKING: Roseland Hospital Funding Cuts Show “Black Lives Matter” to Bruce Rauner-As Political Pawns

News is breaking that Gov. Bruce Rauner is refusing funding for historic Roseland Hospital as part of a budget crisis meant to achieve non-budgetary political ends. Roseland is the only hospital within miles of a far South Side community. Following …

Chicago Tribune: Day care providers face uncertain future in absence of state budget

From the Chicago Tribune: by Yadira Sanchez Olson Dortha and Estern Rivers’ days for the past 21 years have been filled with songs, games and nap times. In their Rivers Home Daycare in Zion, the couple cares for kids ages 1 …

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 …

Big step forward as Kansas City raises minimum wage to $13 per hour

  From KCMO-Fox: KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Minimum wage workers in Kansas City, Missouri, are in line to get a raise, as the City Council on Thursday approved a measure to hike the minimum wage in the city to $13 an …

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

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Lincoln Courier: Advocates blast Gov. Rauner for freezing child care enrollment

From the Lincoln Courier: by Dean Olsen Advocates for low-income families needing state-subsidized child care blasted Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday for putting in place more stringent eligibility guidelines that have reduced new enrollment in the program to a trickle. “This …

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 …

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 …