CHICAGO - "A vote for a Democrat is a vote to hike Illinois' minimum wage" was the prominent message at a press conference held in Chicago Sunday. Top Democrats from U.S. Senator Dick Durbin to Governor Pat Quinn, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, Secretary of State Jesse White, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and more were on hand to back "Raise Illinois," a coalition focused on raising the state's minimum wage.
Illinois has one of the nation's highest minimum wages at $8.25 per hour, but an advisory referendum will be on the November 4th ballot as to whether the minimum wage should be raised to $10 per hour. Others are calling for it to be raised even higher, to $15 per hour.
Photos tweeted by Raise Illinois supporters
"Raise Illinois" gives seven reasons for raising the minimum wage in Illinois:
- Strengthen the economy
- Fight job loss and help small businesses
- Support families
- Have widespread support
- Bring Illinois up to speed with economic reality
- Help those hurt by the recession
- Uphold human dignity