Call Your State Representative Today and Ask Them To Support The Bill!
Check out this infographic on minimum wage workers!
State Representative Art Turner (9th District) introduced legislation yesterday to raise the minimum wage in Illinois from $8.25 to $10.65. The bill, HB 3718, joins Senator Kimberly Lightford’s call in the senate to raise the minimum wage through SB 68.
Raising the minimum wage would not only help workers, but would strengthen the economy and give a boost to small businesses. By increasing wages to $10.65 per hour, workers would receive an additional $4,992 per year to spend at local businesses on necessities including housing, health care, electricity, groceries, transportation, and childcare. It has been estimated that raising the minimum wage in Illinois will give a $2.5 billion boost to the state economy.
Read this recent article, “IL Minimum Wage Picking Up Steam” with great quotes from Action Now leader Charles Brown!
Low wage work is creating an economic crisis for families and communities in Illinois. Over 80 percent of the 400,000 minimum wage workers in Illinois are adults aged 20 or over. Many of these workers support families on meager wages, and they simply cannot earn enough to afford the basic necessities of life. A single parent with two kids working a full time minimum wage job earns just $17,160 annually, falling well below the federal poverty threshold for a family of three at $19,530. Today, over 100,000 Illinois workers are working full time and still living in poverty. Click on the infographic on the right to learn more.
The state minimum wage of $8.25 per hour is out of date with economic reality. Had minimum wage kept pace with inflation, today it would be $10.75 per hour. Action Now along with Raise Illinois, the statewide coalition working to raise the minimum wage, applauds Representative Turner and Senator Lightford’s work on this initiative to help hardworking Illinois families escape from poverty.
How Can You Help?
Call your state representatives today and ask them to co-sponsor the bill to raise the minimum wage! Click here to find contact information for your representatives.
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Find more stories, infographics, fact sheets, and research on raising the minimum wage at www.raiseillinois.com .