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Senior citizens unite with Millennials to vote early, support progressive candidates

CHICAGO (March 12, 2018)—A busload of senior citizens and millennials gathered outside 16 W. Jackson today to announce their intentions to early vote in the upcoming primary elections and encouraged others to do likewise. Spokespersons emphasized the importance to vote …

SEIU Illinois Council Endorses Sen. Kwame Raoul for Attorney General in Hotly-Contested Race; “He Will Fight for Us.”

  CHICAGO-The Service Illinois Employees Union (SEIU) Illinois Council on Friday endorsed state Sen. Kwame Raoul in the hotly-contested race for attorney general in the upcoming Democratic primary, citing his commitment to labor rights, healthcare, immigrant justice, women’s rights, gun …

YMCA Child Care Workers Participate in Historic Strike at 10 Locations Across Chicago

Chicago- Today nearly 130 child care workers at 10 locations across Chicago went on strike at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. Workers went on strike because of unfair labor practices committed by the YMCA, including intimidating workers who participated in …

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Issues Statement On Passage of New Hospital Assessment and Medicaid Funding Formula

(February 28, 2018, Chicago) – SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana, the union that represents several safety net hospitals in Chicago and East St. Louis, responded to the passage of the new hospital assessment and federal Medicaid funding formula by the House …

Bill to Create New Benefit for Long-Term Care in Illinois Announced

Sen. Biss, Rep. Welch & Advocates Call For Visionary Action in Face of Aging Population to Ensure Illinois Parents and Grandparents Can Remain in Their Homes SPRINGFIELD-Sponsors of new legislation to address the accelerating crisis of parents and grandparents unable …

YMCA Child Care Workers Set to Strike, Citing Unfair Labor Practices and Poverty Wages

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018  Workers at 10 Chicago-area Y Locations Joined by Elected and Faith Leaders and Parents as They Hit the Picket Line   CHICAGO—Nearly 130 child care workers with YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago will launch …

Rep. Welch, Sen Biss: NEW BENEFIT for Long-Term Care of Seniors, People W/Disabilities to Be Established in New Legislative Push;

Crisis of Care With Aging of Illinois Placing Unsustainable Stresses on Family Budgets, State Finances; Opportunity for a New Framework WATCH THE PRESS CONFERENCE HERE: https://livestream.com/blueroomstream/events/8076257/videos/170848425 SPRINGFIELD-With the aging crisis ongoing and accelerating, legislative action is required now to keep Illinois …

Berwyn Community Fights $3.5 Million Property Tax Loss That Could Result from Loyola Medicine’s Purchase of MacNeal Hospital

Community calls for community benefits agreement that protects Berwyn from lost property tax revenue and ensures hospital workers are paid a living wage and have the right to join a union  See attached fact sheet regarding the sale of MacNeal …

YMCA Child Care Workers Picket, Announce Plan to Strike

  CHICAGO- Child care workers at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago picketed in protest of poverty wages, understaffing, and disinvestment from vulnerable communities on Wednesday. They were joined by parents, community advocates and political leaders, including Cook County Commissioner Jesus …

Outraged over potential loss in property tax revenue, Berwyn community calls for scrutiny on sale of MacNeal Hospital to Loyola Medicine

Residents, workers to demand community benefits agreement requiring Loyola Medicine to pay its fair share so residents don’t get hit with higher property taxes and/or lose vital services Agreement would obligate Loyola to pay hospital workers a living wage and …

A Rauner Budget Closer Look: 5 Failures for Seniors, People With Disabilities & Caregivers

As details emerge from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s FY 2019 Budget, one thing is clear: His pattern of diminishing services and ending protections for seniors and people with disabilities who rely on home healthcare-and their caregivers-remains constant.   Here’s a quick …

YMCA Child Care Workers to Picket, Announce Strike Vote

CHICAGO—Child care workers will engage in a picket at the headquarters of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago this Wednesday, February 21st to protest poverty wages, understaffing and unfair labor practices. The picket will be followed by a press conference announcing …

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 …