Mental health advocates say the state budget impasse is having a "devastating" impact on services and pushing state psychiatric facilities to the point where they can't afford basic necessities like toilet paper.
Many mental health services have gone unfunded during the 11-month impasse.
The U.S. Supreme Court made a rare move Monday, voting unanimously to send a case involving access to contraception back to the appeals court system, ordering them to seek a compromise.
The lawsuit in question was filed against the Obama administration by the Little Sisters of the Poor order of Catholic nuns and a number of other religious, nonprofit organizations that say they should not be required to provide employees with certain types of contraception, like the morning-after pill, because they are akin to abortion. The Zubik v. Burwell lawsuit is spurred by the Obamacare mandate requiring employers to provide workers with health care coverage that includes access to birth control.
"Given the gravity of the dispute and the substantial clarification and refinement in the positions of the parties, the parties on remand should be afforded an opportunity to arrive at an approach going forward that accommodates petitioners' religious exercise while at the same time ensuring that women covered by petitioners' health plans 'receive full and equal health coverage, including contraceptive coverage,'" the court opinion reads, quoting a brief by the federal government.
As the long-running state budget impasse continues in its eleventh month, activists with Fair Economy Illinois are set to unveil their "People and Planet First Budget" blueprint during a downtown Chicago protest Monday.
Nursing home workers in Illinois staged a series of protests this week as part of their push for an hourly minimum wage of $15.
The workers are represented by SEIU* Healthcare Illinois and employed by Infinity Healthcare Management.
Workers and their union allies picketed Wednesday through Friday outside nine Infinity Healthcare Management facilities in Chicago and the suburbs, including Bloomingdale, Cicero, Itasca, Niles and Oak Lawn. Nursing home employees rallied at their respective facilities to speak out about their "poverty" wages and working conditions.