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Contact:  Jose Oliva
National Policy Coordinator
Restaurant Opportunities Center United
New York, New Orleans and Chicago, IL 
Phone: 773-612-2559
Contact:  Karen Spradlin
Faith Organizer
Let Justice Roll
Springfield, VA 
Phone: 405-213-3282

Take Action to Raise Illinois Minimum Wage

Mar 31 2011

The current minimum wage of $8.25 an hour means only $17,000 a year for a full-time child care worker, health aide, security guard or other minimum wage worker, which is not enough to live on.

Illinois Faith Leaders Letter

Dear Senators and Representatives:

As leaders in our faith communities, we call on the Illinois General Assembly to raise the state minimum wage and thereby foster economic recovery for our families, our communities and our state.

Religious leaders, labor activists urge [Illinois] minimum wage hike

By Gregory Tejeda
Northwest Indiana Times, Mar 8 2011
CHICAGO | Religious leaders and labor activists in the South Chicago and East Side neighborhoods said Tuesday they want Illinois lawmakers to approve an increase in the state's minimum wage.

Illinois' minimum wage is $8.25 per hour.

The group is in favor of a bill sponsored by state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, that calls for annual increases between 50 and 65 cents until 2014, when the minimum wage would reach $10.65 per hour.

Groups tout increasing minimum wage

By Mary J. Cristobal
Alton Telegraph, Feb 14 2011
SPRINGFIELD — More dimes in the pockets of Illinois residents would lead to more spending.

At least that’s what labor union and community organizations said during a news conference held last Thursday to support a bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage up to more than $10 per hour within four years.

An increased minimum wage could stimulate the economy, said Ron P. Baiman, an economist from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.

Restaurant Workers Nationwide Hold Actions To Increase Minimum Wage

Restaurant Opportunities Center United, Feb 18 2009

After nearly 20 years of struggling under a stagnated federal minimum wage of $2.13, thousands of restaurant workers across the country have declared "2-13" (February 13th) a National Day of Action for Tipped Workers. In seven different cities across the country, they have organized a series of public actions that will highlight the need to raise the federal minimum wage. Restaurant workers are demanding that the tipped minimum wage be raised to at least 60% of the regular minimum wage.

Union leaders say they will bring wage proposal back in February

By Stephen Franklin
Chicago Tribune , Sep 14 2006
Their talk was full of the heartbreak of coming so close, and then losing.
Yet among the Chicago union officials and others who had cobbled together a coalition to push for a big-box minimum wage ordinance, there was little mention Wednesday of giving up.

“This issue is not going away,” said Dennis Gannon, head of the more than400,000-member Chicago Federation of Labor. “We are going to address it somehow. If it is in the City Council, fine. If it is in Springfield, fine.This battle isn’t over because the mayor decided to veto something.”

Chicago Orders ‘Big Box’ Stores to Raise Wage

New York Times, Jul 27 2006
Chicago, Illinois-

After months of fevered lobbying and bitter debate, the Chicago City Council passed a groundbreaking ordinance yesterday requiring “big box” stores, like Wal-Mart and Home Depot, to pay a minimum wage of $10 an hour by 2010, along with at least $3 an hour worth of benefits.
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