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Illinois Must Invest In-NOT Defund-Home Healthcare for Seniors, People With Disabilities

Caregiving Coalition Budget Response to the Governor’s Budget Address: SPRINGFIELD-Following is the joint statement of Illinois Caring Across Generations, Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans, Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living, Access Living, Jane Addams Senior Caucus and SEIU Healthcare …

Gov. Rauner’s Budget is Out-of-Whack

SPRINGFIELD-Following is the response of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s FY 2019 Budget Address: “Gov. Bruce Rauner is probably best known for using the budget process to take Illinois hostage for his non-budgetary political demands. …

With Gov. Rauner’s State Budget Address Looming, Federal Budget Deal Increases Child Care Funding by $5.8 Billion

Will He Use Funds to Restore Program He Has Attacked?   MEMO TO REPORTERS:   The budget deal passed in Washington last week contains billions in significant new funding for child care, in the form of block grants. So what …

Gubernatorial Campaigns Discuss Home Care, CCP Program at Senior Forum

Four campaigns vying for the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor appeared at a forum in Springfield at Senior Services of Central Illinois to discuss their stances on long term care for seniors, Medicaid, pensions, home care services, and more. Over …

Watch Video From State Capitol Press Conf: Hospital Workers Call On Illinois Hospital Assoc. to Protect Funding for Safety Nets

Watch our incredible news coverage from a legislative hearing and rally at the State Capitol on January 30th, 2018. Safety net hospital workers are fighting back against the Illinois Hospital Association’s (IHA) proposed new hospital assessment and Medicaid funding formula …

Safety Net Hospital Workers Sound the Alarm Over Potential Closures

New Hospital Assessment and Funding Formula Risks Billions in Lost Federal Medicaid Dollars HCII hospital workers rallied at the state capitol today to save safety net hospitals.  They called on Gov. Rauner’s administration at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and …

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Launches Radio, Print Ads to Protect Funding for Safety Net Hospitals

(January 25th, 2018, Chicago) — SEIU Healthcare Illinois launched radio ads in Chicago and East St. Louis media markets today following a full page ad in the Springfield Journal Register on January 23rd. Radio Ad: Protect Roseland Hospital, South Side of …

At Roseland Hospital, Workers and CEOs Call on State Lawmakers to Demand the Illinois Hospital Association Provide More Money to Safety Nets Or Kill the Assessment Bill

(See videos of speeches from our press conference at Roseland Hospital below).  (January, 18th, 2018, Chicago) –Safety net hospital workers from across Illinois held a press conference at Roseland Hospital to call on Gov. Rauner’s administration at the Illinois Department …

BREAKING: SEIU Healthcare Opposes TIF Funds for Presence Health

Presence Health pays women of color poverty wages and uses anti-union tactics against them Chicago – Today, SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Kansas (SEIU HCIIMK) calls on the Chicago City Council to oppose giving $5.5 million in city TIF …

On 40th Day of Strike, Workers and Community Leaders to Sign “Pink Slip” for Christian Care Home Ownership

Community is Joining Workers in Calling Upon Owners to “Permanently Replace” Themselves for the Good of Residents, Workers and Ferguson FERGUSON, MO —  Workers, resident family members, and community leaders are joining together on Tuesday, January 9th, to issue an …

BREAKING: Rauner’s veto of HB 1424 ruins holiday season for thousands of seniors

For Immediate Release Friday, December 29, 2017 Contact: james.muhammad@seiuhcil.org The following statement was released by Terri Harkin, Director, SEIU Healthcare Illinois Home Care Division and the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to the veto of House Bill 1424 by …

BREAKING: With Roskam, Rauner Support, GOP Tax Overhaul a Shameful Prong in Full-On Attack on Working Families

Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley following today’s passage of the Republican tax bill. “While the Republican tax overhaul is a terrible deal for Illinois and will enhance income and wealth inequality, it is merely …

Enough is Enough: People with Disabilities, Caregivers, Advocates Call on Rauner Administration to Halt Suspensions under Draconian DHS Overtime Policy

People with disabilities and their caregivers rallied at the Thompson Center in Chicago Thursday afternoon to denounce Governor Rauner’s punitive DHS overtime policy, which includes a ‘three-strikes-and-you’re-out” approach to violations that could suspend hundreds of caregivers (effectively terminating them), as …

Rep. Bruce Franks and Faith Leaders Join Striking Workers, Connect Strikers’ Fight with Black Lives Matter 

Rep. Franks and Workers Demand that Management Recognize the Rights–and Value–of African-American Workforce   FERGUSON, MO —  As the Christian Care Home strike entered its sixth day, workers on the picket line were joined Thursday night by State Representative Bruce Franks, a vocal …

Students & Healthcare Workers to Demand GOP Reject Trump’s Tax Plan

Chicago, IL – Trump’s tax plan is speeding through Congress. If enacted, Illinois families will lose their healthcare and graduate students would be forced to drop out of college in order to give huge tax cuts to the rich.  The …

Major Questions for Senior Care in IL as Controversial Task Force Meets Today; Cuts or Care? 2nd-Class Services on the Way? Is CCP Safe?

As a controversial task force that appears to have been rigged by the Rauner administration meets today jointly in Springfield and Chicago at 1 p.m., major questions have arisen for the future of home healthcare for seniors in Illinois. The Illinois …

BREAKING: Injunction Request Filed to Stop Gov. Rauner’s Overtime Cuts for People with Disabilities

Caregivers Risk Bankruptcy, Losing Homes in “Irreparable Harm” From “Draconian” Policy Already Found Illegal*   CHICAGO – The worst is coming to pass as the Rauner administration’s cuts to overtime hours of care for thousands of Illinoisans with disabilities, already …

WGN’s Sunday Spin: Rep. Moeller Warns of Rauner-Driven “Privatization” of Successful Community Care Program for Seniors

Controversial Task Force Needs “To Be Transparent” CHICAGO – Speaking to veteran Chicago Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson on “The Sunday Spin” on WGN Radio yesterday, Rep. Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) warned against “privatization for the sake of privatization,” an apparent goal …

Gov. Rauner Consequences Exposed: New SEIU Healthcare Radio Ad Highlights Harm to People with Disabilities from Dangerous OT Cuts to Care

1000s In Crosshairs as DHS Punitive Policy Advances  Chicago – A new 60-second radio ad featuring a Chicagoan with a disability who is served by the DHS Home Services Program exposes the real-life consequences of Governor Bruce Rauner’s dangerous cuts …

Rauner Will Receive Nearly $300 MILLION in Giveaways Under Regressive GOP Tax Plan

  Questions Abound: Is Tycoon STILL Passing Tax Burden Onto Illinois? How? Like Trump, Gov. .01% Continues to Hide FULL Tax Returns CHICAGO-Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, one of the richest men in America, will receive nearly $300 million in benefits …