Democratic stopgap budget inches ahead, but a full plan remains elusive

Monique Garcia and Haley BeMiller * Contact ReporterChicago Tribune House Democrats on Thursday approved another one-time spending plan to provide about $815 million to universities and social service groups left gasping for air during the state’s historic budget impasse, but leaders in both parties could hold it up as they push for a more complete spending […]

State Rep. Greg Harris Response to Rauner, Washington Politicians’ Reckless Plans to Slash Health Coverage

Illinois moving forward with changes to program for elderly

Dan Petrella Times Bureau SPRINGFIELD — Despite a bill on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk that would block its plans, the Illinois Department on Aging is moving forward with proposed changes to a program that provides care to elderly Illinoisans so they can remain in their homes. The department’s community care program is designed to keep people […]

Proposed legislation a $700 million ‘stop-gap’ for various human service agencies

By Doug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois SPRINGFIELD — An Illinois House committee has given preliminary approval to legislation to spend $700 million to help out financially strapped human services. The House Human Services Appropriations Committee OK’d the measure on a unanimous vote Wednesday. However, Rep. Patti Bellock, R-Hinsdale, cautioned that Republicans were given late notice […]

House panel backs social services funds, but Rauner noncommittal

Monique Garcia and Celeste Bott  House lawmakers advanced legislation Wednesday that would pump roughly $700 million into the state’s network of social service providers, a stopgap plan aimed at curbing layoffs and closures as agencies that care for the vulnerable struggle to keep the lights on after going nearly a year without funding. While the […]

Providers back plan to block changes to home care program

Dan Petrella Lee Springfield Bureau Chief SPRINGFIELD – A big part of Diane Drew’s job is helping make sure hundreds of elderly Macon County residents receive the services they need to be able to stay in their homes. Drew is executive director of the Community Home Environmental Learning Project, a Decatur-based nonprofit organization that serves […]

AARP, Advocates and Legislators Team Up to Protect Thousands of Illinois Seniors

SPRINGFIELD, Ill, April 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Illinois’ ongoing budgetary and partisan differences are threatening the life and well-being of thousands of the state’s most vulnerable citizens who may be left without critical services should Governor Rauner’s proposed cuts to the Community Care Program (CCP) go through. Taking swift action, AARP, SEIU, the Alzheimer’s Association, […]

Home Care Funding Discussion

New legislation may bring back last year’s battle between Democratic legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner over requirements to receive state-funded home care assistance. Rauner had proposed raising what’s called the Determination of Need, or DON score, in his first budget address. The score decides how much state aid a person with disabilities or a senior […]

Advocates Push For State Legislation To Protect Home Services Eligibility

by Ellyn Fortino Progress Illinois U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL,9), state Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) and other advocates for seniors and people with disabilities sought to rally support Wednesday for proposed state legislation aimed at preventing the governor from making eligibility requirements tougher for home services programs. Harris is spearheading the bill, HB 4351, in the […]

Greg Harris, Heather Steans Receive Award for ‘Pivotal’ Work on IL Budget

Josh McGhee · DNAinfo Reporter UPTOWN — State Rep. Greg Harris and state Sen. Heather Steans were awarded the From the Heart award Thursday during a visit to Heartland Health Centers. The annual award is given to those “who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to promoting and providing quality health care.” The two “have […]