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Iris Martinez

Aides: OT policy will hurt in-home care for disabled

Disabled Illinois residents who depend on in-home help for daily needs will suffer once the state stops paying overtime for their caregivers beginning March 1, some home health care workers and their union say.

Tens of thousands of employees who help people with disabilities live independently are eligible for time-and-a-half pay over 40 hours in a week, under a federal rule that took effect Jan. 1. But without a state budget in place to control spending, Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says it can't afford the extra pay.

A state Department of Human Services memo obtained by The Associated Press indicates the policy will allow 35 hours of work and five hours of...