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Springfield March for Capitol Cooperation Today

May 20, 2008

Springfield, IL – Illinois health care and child care workers are marching to the General Assembly today to try to keep the budget doors open for state systems that help working families, such as child care co-payments and quality home health care.

Martina Casey is a home child-care provider in Chicago; she says political parties need to work together to make sure the slow economy and rising prices don't put families in no-win situations.

"Should I pay this provider, or should I pay the rent, or should I buy food? No one should have to make that decision, not today they shouldn't have to."

Casey says child care is a basic building block of a healthy economy.

"Think about how important that child care is. Also, affordable co-payments make care affordable for working parents."

Casey says child care and health care workers also want to remind lawmakers about earlier promises made regarding better wages and benefits. Some legislators have indicated that with a tight budget year, all state programs may see cuts.

SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana, which represents about 90,000 workers, is organizing the march.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - IL