Flash Flood Watch in effect through 7:00 a.m. Saturday

Illinois Senate addresses home-care workers’ pay, overtime

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of legislation that would raise the pay for home-care workers. Senators then approved new legislation to allow disabled clients in the home-services program to choose their helpers even if overtime pay is necessary.

Workers who help disabled residents stay in their homes would get a $2-an-hour raise to $15 if the Illinois House agrees with the 39-19 Wednesday vote.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto cited cost.

The Senate also approved legislation 38-18 allowing overtime pay for work over 40 hours a week. The Rauner administration limited overtime this year when the federal government ruled the workers qualified to receive it.

The bill would mean clients could keep familiar caregivers even if work exceeds 40 hours.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.