Dozens of Rockford caregivers protested in front of the local Department of Human Services (DHS) office, demanding a pay raise they say was promised them.

The Service Employees International Union says Governor Bruce Rauner (R) was ordered by a Cook County Judge to give DHS personal assistants a 48¢ raise last summer.

The Governor is appealing that ruling, which union leaders say leaves the workers in limbo.

“Personal assistants save the State of Illinois hundreds of millions of dollars every year, by keeping those in our care out of costly nursing home facilities,” said Felicia Jackson, a caregiver for the Home Services Program. “All we ask for in return is a little respect and the ability to support our families on the work we do.”

The appeal process impacts roughly 28,000 caregivers across Illinois.