Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed cuts to senior home care services have workers and seniors speaking out.
Rauner's 2017 budget proposal seeks to cut about $198 million from the Community Care Program, which connects low-income seniors to personal attendants who can help them in their homes. Nearly 44,000 seniors could be impacted by the proposed cuts, according to an analysis by SEIU* Healthcare Illinois, the union representing home care workers.
Union workers and seniors plan to demonstrate against the proposed cuts Thursday afternoon in Chicago, while at the same time drawing attention to the $198 million in profits the union says Bank of America stands to make "off of toxic interest rate swaps with the state of Illinois."
The group is set to rally outside the Bank of America branch at 1167 N. State St, where organizers also plan to deliver a letter, demanding "a renegotiation of toxic rate swaps between the state and Bank of America."
"Governor Rauner claims cuts adversely impacting seniors are necessary, but there is a clear choice being made to continue to siphon taxpayer dollars to profitable big banks that are collecting millions of dollars in fees, instead of protecting our state's most vulnerable," reads a statement from the union.
Rauner proposed his 2017 budget last month, at a time when the state has yet to enact a spending plan for the current fiscal year, which began in July. The Republican governor and Democratic leaders have been feuding for months over a budget, which Rauner wants tied to his controversial pro-business, anti-union policy agenda.
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