Political Action

Nursing Homes Leader, Lakesia Collins Speaks at CTU Press Event: “Working Families Share One Struggle for Fundamental Fairness”

(March 24th, 2016, Chicago) —Lakesia Collins, a nursing home member leader, spoke passionately today at the Chicago Teacher Union’s press conference, along with other community groups and labor allies, after CTU announced a statewide day of action and teacher walkout …

Press Release: A Stunning Rejection of the Rauner Agenda and His Checkbook Politics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Contact: Graeme.Zielinski@seiuhcil.org   CHICAGO–Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher in response to Tuesday’s primary results:   “Tuesday was a stunning rejection of the divisive checkbook politics of Gov. …

Gov. Rauner Refuses To Allow Members’ Entry To Speech

Thursday morning, Governor Rauner visited Belleville East High School to give a speech. Several parents of students from the school district were cleared by the principal to attend the event. The parents, also SEIU members, were hopeful to hear what …

WBEZ’s Series On Right-Wing Money in Politics: Interviews Juliana Stratton vs Rep. Ken Dunkin on 5th District Race

(Thursday, February 25th, 2016, Chicago) — WBEZ Chicago Public Radio continued its political series today about how powerful right-wing special interests are pouring money into the 5th House District.  A community leader, Juliana Stratton, endorsed by SEIU,  is challenging Rep. …

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. …

Jaqueline Rodriguez, SEIU HCII Vice-President, Speaks at Union Endorsement Event for Omar Aquino for 2nd District for Illinois Senate

(February 16th, 2016) — A host of community leaders representing working families, including SEIU Healthcare Illinois, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), Grassroots Illinois Action, Alderman Carlos Rosa and Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia all gathered today to endorse Omar …

ICYMI: The Reviews Are In! After President Obama Publicly Rebukes State Rep. Ken Dunkin During Address to General Assembly, Media Outlets Have Field Day

President Obama Shames Rep. Dunkin for His Betrayal of Working Families and Embracing Gov. Rauner’s Extreme agenda (February 11th, 2015, CHICAGO) – President Barack Obama addressed the Illinois’ General Assembly yesterday as he joked and prodded his former statehouse colleagues …

CEASE AND DESIST: SEIU Healthcare Illinois Calls on Rauner Group to Withdraw Deceptive Dunkin Child Care Television Ad

Made-Up Numbers Used to Praise Made-Up Claim: State’s Own Figures Show 48,000 Fewer Kids Get Care CHICAGO-A leader from the union that represents state child care providers on Monday called on Illinoisans for Growth and Opportunity (Illinois GO), widely considered a Republican front …

Democratic Heavyweights Endorse Juliana Stratton Over Rep Dunkin For Betraying His Community

(Feb. 4th, 2016) — Progressive and democratic leaders in Chicago, including Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, and Pastor Michael Pflager among other leaders, held a major press conference to endorse Julianna Stratton for …

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 …

The State of the State? Broken on Purpose

Rauner Does Not Address Elective Damage and Impact of Extreme Agenda on People of Color  SPRINGFIELD—Following is the response of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Executive Vice President Greg Kelley to Wednesday’s State of the State address by Gov. Bruce Rauner: “If …

Press Release: Three Questions for Bruce Rauner in His State of the State Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 26th, 2016 Contact: Graeme.Zielinski@seiuhcil.org CHICAGO – Bruce Rauner addresses the General Assembly Wednesday with Illinois in terrible shape. No, he didn’t create this mess, but he sure hasn’t made it any better, lashing the financial fortunes, …

ICYMI: New State Journal Register Report Says Gov. Rauner’s Extreme Agenda Is Systematically Destroying Illinois’ Child Care Program

Rauner’s Sustained Attacks on Child Care Assistance Program Results in 48,000 Fewer Children Getting Access to Early Learning as Providers Forced to Close Their Doors, Further Damaging the Economy   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 20th, 2016  Contact: Graeme.Zielinski@seiuhcil.org; or Emma.Tai@seiuhcil.org; …

AFSCME Is Not Alone: SEIU Healthcare Illinois Stands Against Extreme Rauner Demands

CHICAGO–Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher in response to news that Bruce Rauner was engineering an impasse ruling in negotiations with AFSCME Council 31: “Gov. Rauner’s assault on working families and the middle class continues …

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 …

ICYMI: “Umm, I wasn’t asked” — Gov. Rauner’s Failed Leadership in Response to Laquan McDonald Murder

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December, 7th, 2015 Contacts: Scott.Vogel@seiuhcil.org and Graeme.Zielinski@seiuhcil.org   FOX Chicago’s Mike Flannery Gives Blistering Critique of Gov. Rauner’s Response to Laquan McDonald Murder After Waiting 8 Days Before Issuing a Public Statement ALSO: Tough But Fair Sunday …

MUST WATCH: FOX Chicago Sunday Grills Anita Alvarez On Incompetence Over Laquan McDonald Murder Investigation and Managing State’s Attorney Office

(December 6th, 2015) — On his FOX 32 Chicago Sunday program today Mike Flannery asked fair, direct, and meaningful questions of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez about why it took her office so long to charge Chicago Police Officer …

Not Nearly Enough: Firing of McCarthy Is Just a Start on Road toward Justice; Alvarez and Emanuel Must Resign

CHICAGO-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Vice President Greg Kelley following the breaking news that Mayor Rahm Emanuel today fired Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. “The firing of Superintendent Garry McCarthy is not nearly enough to restore the trust …

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 …

Accountability for the Laquan McDonald Police Shooting Starts With State’s Attorney Alvarez, Police Superintendent McCarthy and Mayor Emanuel

The following statement by SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri & Kansas Executive Vice President Greg Kelley concerns the Nov. 24, 2015 release of the police dashcam video of the October 2014 killing of Laquan McDonald, an African American teenager, by …