PETITION TO THE MEMBERS OF THE ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Illinois has not increased the minimum wage since July 2010. Supporting higher wages means building a stronger Illinois with better-paying jobs, increased consumer spending and a growing economy.
- Studies find that minimum wage hikes boost worker earnings while having little to no impact on the number of jobs available and may even save employers money by decreasing worker turnover.*
- A $15 minimum wage could mean a $6,000 raise for more than 1.4 million Illinois workers, lifting more than 200,000 workers out of poverty and generating $380 million annually in state income and sales taxes.*
- A $15 minimum wage would have the largest impacts on communities outside of Chicago, raising incomes by $5,000 for directly affected workers in the Chicago area, more than $8,000 in the Springfield area, more than $7,000 in the Rockford area, and more than $6,000 in the St. Louis area.*
- Higher wages for minimum-wage workers also mean more dollars to spend on goods and services in our community.
We call on the members of the Illinois General Assembly to raise the minimum wage.
*Illinois Economic Policy Institute: “$15 Minimum Wage in Illinois Fact Sheet,” Frank Manzo IV, Jill Manzo, and Robert Bruno, February 5, 2019.