Illinois home health care workers get back pay this week

Illinois home health care workers get back pay this week
About 28,000 personal assistants in the agency's home care program were scheduled to receive a 48-cent raise in August 2017. (Source: Unsplash.com)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - More than 49,000 employees of the Illinois Department of Human Services who provide home health care will get long-overdue backpay this week.

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza said Monday that her office will release the $30.7 million in back wages to the Department of Human Services to be issued Friday. SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced that they had reached a deal on the back pay and rate increases in March.

About 28,000 personal assistants in the agency's 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. Authorities said those increases were to take effect April 1.

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