Vigils in IL urge lawmakers to consider home healthcare, child care services

Vigil urging lawmakers to keep daycare, healthcare services in budget

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - The Illinois state budget expires on Tuesday night and with no signs of a budget deal being agreed upon in the Illinois legislature, vigils will take place across the state in a plea for state lawmakers to "Pledge to Protect" child care and home healthcare services.

On Tuesday night, child care and home healthcare workers, faith leaders, elected officials and other Illinoisans that could be effected by state budget cuts plan to meet at

7 p.m. at the City Park Pavilion in Carbondale, Ill. to hold a vigil.

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana that represents thousands of healthcare workers has asked Illinois home healthcare and child care advocates to sign a “Pledge to Protect” against the governors budget cuts and send it to their legislators.

According to SEIU, the governor's cuts would leave as many as 100,000 low-income children without a caring adult and would eliminate home healthcare access for nearly 40,000 seniors and disabled Illinoisans.

Other events are scheduled to take place in Joliet, Decatur, East St. Louis, Rockford, Springfield, Waukegan and Peoria.

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