Great News! Bill Introduced to Raise Illinois’ Minimum Wage from $8.25 to $10.65

Denise Brown, home care worker, talks about how she manages to get by on poverty wages.

Denise Brown, home care worker, talks about how she manages to get by on poverty wages.

(Oct. 23, 2013) — Our state’s minimum wage could be going up soon–more than two dollars an hour!

State Representative Art Turner (9th District) introduced legislation today to raise the minimum wage in Illinois from $8.25 to $10.65.

This is big news for all low-wage workers in Illinois.  But we have a lot of work to do to make this effort a reality for working families.

That’s why we need you to write to your state representatives today and ask them to co-sponsor HB 3718 to raise the minimum wage for all low-income workers.

More than 100,000 Illinois workers are working full time and still living in poverty.

The state minimum wage of $8.25 per hour is out of date with economic reality. If the minimum wage rose at the same pace as inflation, it would be $10.75 by now.

SEIU Healthcare Illinois is proud to be a part of “Raise Illinois,” a statewide coalition working to raise the minimum wage.  We applaud Representative Art Turner, Senator Kimberly Lightford, and Governor Quinn’s work on this initiative to help hardworking Illinois families escape from poverty.

That’s why we need you to write your state representatives today and ask them to co-sponsor the bill to raise the minimum wage!

Please click here to read the “Raise Illinois” press release applauding Rep. Art Turner’s commitment to sponsor HB 3718 to raise the minimum wage for all low-income workers.

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