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SEIU Caregivers Rally for Wage Increase While Cook County Court Considers Stay

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PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) -

Caregivers rally against Gov. Bruce Rauner at the Peoria Labor Temple over a delay for a 48-Cent raise for Home Services Program Personal Assistants who care for people with disabilities.

Recently, a Cook County Circuit Court Judge ordered Gov. Rauner to implement a raise for workers along with back pay owed to caregivers by Mar. 21.

However, the group said Rauner has delayed that order by appealing the decision.

"I fear that this continued delay will push more caregivers out of the industry altogether," said Amanda Goodwin, a state personal assistant. "When we can't support ourselves, how can we care for someone else?"

They group said the state's request for a stay delays the implementation date, which could impact 28,000 caregivers across the state from receiving any wage from the state. 

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