Harris v. Quinn detractors are missing the point

By Paul Kersey
07/24/2014
Since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Harris v. Quinn, union supporters – including many politicians who have benefitted from union support themselves – have written articles and statements bemoaning the decision. These pieces have been notable for the things they don’t talk about: who the plaintiffs actually were and what the court...

TAGS: Harris v Quinn, pam harris, SCOTUS

State threatens to ‘fire’ moms and dads caring for children with disabilities

By Paul Kersey, Austin Berg
06/24/2014
In 2003 and 2009, governors Rod Blagojevich and Pat Quinn, respectively, issued executive orders to unionize parents who receive a modest Medicaid benefit to help pay for the cost of caring for their disabled children. Suburban Chicago mother Pam Harris has bravely taken this decision to the U.S. Supreme Court in what could be a...

TAGS: Harris v Quinn, pam harris, Pat Quinn, Rod Blagojevich, SEIU: Service Employees International Union

Illinois politicians considering changes to law under review by U.S. Supreme Court

By Paul Kersey
03/05/2014
The Illinois General Assembly is poised to consider a bill that looks harmless at first glance, but should be raising eyebrows across the state. House Bill 5935 is supposed to make technical changes to the state’s Medicaid programs, but in the process it affects people who are involved in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case....

TAGS: Harris v Quinn, labor, Medicaid, pam harris, Pat Quinn, U.S. Supreme Court

A mom’s fight for justice: Harris v. Quinn

By Paul Kersey
01/21/2014
Pam is a mom in northern Illinois whose son, Joshua, needs constant care because of a rare genetic syndrome that causes severe intellectual and developmental disabilities. Pam receives a modest subsidy from a Medicaid-waiver program that allows her to stay home and take care of Joshua. She isn’t a state employee; she just gets a...

TAGS: Harris v Quinn, pam harris, SEIU: Service Employees International Union, U.S. Supreme Court

Thankful for heroic moms

11/28/2013
What are you thankful for? We’re thankful for people like Pam Harris who stand up to the government when it threatens their rights. Pam is a mom in northern Illinois whose son, Joshua, needs constant care because of a rare genetic syndrome that causes severe intellectual and developmental disabilities. Pam receives a modest subsidy from a Medicaid-waiver...

TAGS: Harris v Quinn, pam harris, SEIU: Service Employees International Union

U.S. Supreme Court should scrutinize Quinn’s plan to unionize Illinois moms and dads

By Paul Kersey
07/01/2013
Illinois resident Pam Harris has a son, Josh, who is 24 years old and suffers from Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, a rare genetic malady that leaves him moderately handicapped mentally and at the same time affects his joints so that he is prone to dislocations. Josh can move around the house and do simple chores. He’s also...

TAGS: pam harris, SEIU: Service Employees International Union