SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - More than 40,000 employees of the Illinois Department of Human Services who provide senior care in the home and child care services will get long-overdue salary increases.
SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced an agreement Monday to implement the rate increases and provide back pay. There's $29 million in an escrow account for the back pay.
About 28,000 personal assistants in the Human Services' home care program were scheduled to receive a 48-cent raise in August 2017. Last year's state budget includes a 4.26 percent rate increase for 14,000 workers in the child-care program. Neither had been paid by the prior administration.
Pritzker's office says the rate increase will take effect on April 1. It says back pay should be distributed by fall.
- Illinois home care, child care workers to get overdue raises
- Questions dog Illinois Medicaid managed-care switch
- 116 children receiving better child care
- Prince heirs sue Illinois hospital over care during overdose
- Rainy weather having an impact on lawn care workers
- White House holds summit on child care and paid leave
- New changes in pet care
- Vigo County man arrested for threatening health care worker, ATF, FBI called after weapons and explosives found in his home
- New law helps Illinois residents in criminal justice system gain employment in health care
- Raising awareness for child abuse