State Sen. Daniel Biss and Rep. Kelly Cassidy walked the picket line Tuesday afternoon with employees of Evanston’s Albany Care nursing home at Main Street and Maple Avenue.

The employees were demonstrating for higher pay and better working conditions, including the elimination of what they insisted was an infestation of bedbugs at the facility.

Cassidy and Biss march with the workers.

In brief remarks to the workers, Biss, who has announced he plans to run for governor of Illinois, declared “it is time for us to be compassionate” and that “workers need a living wage.”

Cassidy, whose district includes the southern tip of Evanston, said her niece is a nursing home worker and that she hopes that wages for her and other nursing home workers will keep her in the job assisting seniors and the disadvantaged rather than “flipping burgers.”

Casimero addresses the group while Cassity and Biss listen.

One of the workers at Albany Care, Daneka Casimero, complained that she had not had a raise in four years, “no matter how hard I work.”

A spokesman for the union, SEIU Healthcare Illinois, said that more than one-third of nursing home facilities in the state continue to staff at dangerously low levels, despite a 2010 law that sets minimum staffing requirements at long-term care facilities. 

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. “Economic and math guru” Dan
    “Economic and math guru” Dan Biss now advocating for a “living wage,” even though no one has a clue what that means.

    yep, must be running for something to be pandering like this.

    1. Another Biss Scheme

      You can always tell when Biss is running for a higher office, which is about all the time. He scheme to raise taxes. He has purposed it again.

      Don’t hold your breath that he will ever purpose something to save taxpayer dollars. Does he think that he is remotely qualified to be governor of this state.

    2. Labor prices going down
      “Guru” Bliss should explain to them that labor prices are going down and they all will be replaced by robots soon.

      BTW, does anybody outside of government still expect annual raises?

  2. About that dead body
    So they want more money? Fine. Except for the fact that they are so bad at their jobs. Did we ever find out why it took a week to find the body in the closet?

    Main Street would be better without Albany Care and it’s bedbugs.

    We might even get Grey Park back.

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