Peoria workers call for minimum wage hike

Apr 15, 2015

A grassroots Peoria group is calling to raise the state’s minimum wage to $13 per hour.  Members of ‘Fight For A Living Wage Peoria’ protested the current minimum-wage of $8.25.  Group founder Zachary Gittrich says booting the wage another five-dollars means financial security:

Durbin, Bustos talk financial challenges for women

Oct 13, 2014

There’s not enough financial help for women in the workplace, in the classroom and raising families. That’s the message from U-S Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, who held a roundtable at Illinois Central College about women’s economic security. Several participants told the lawmakers that it’s challenging to either find quality child-care or pay for it in the first place.  Durbin says childcare is falling behind in serving those who need it:

Governor Pat Quinn traveled the state Wednesday, stopping in local diners to make the case for raising the minimum wage in Illinois. That included a stop at the Peoria McDonald's on Main Street. Quinn is halfway through a week on the "minimum wage challenge."

A look at the state’s minimum wage issues

Jul 8, 2014

Illinois lawmakers are considering raising the state's minimum wage to ten dollars, and Chicago could raise it higher still. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky surveys the minimum wage landscape.

Despite Democratic majorities and a push from the governor, Illinois' legislative session adjourned without a bump in the minimum wage. Lawmakers settled for putting a non-binding question on the November ballot asking if that's something voters want.

An economist predicts raising the minimum wage in Illinois would hurt job growth.

Quinn promotes min. wage in Chicago

Mar 20, 2014

As legislators who'll have to vote on a minimum wage increase began debating the issue in Springfield, Governor Pat Quinn was in Chicago promoting it. 

Hundreds rally in Springfield on minimum wage

Feb 26, 2014

The battle over raising the minimum wage got lot louder Wednesday. Several hundred minimum wage workers and union members rallied in the Capitol. 

State homecare workers calling for wage increase

Feb 4, 2014

There are thousands of personal support workers in Illinois -- homecare workers who provide support to developmentally disabled people, and those with other special needs.  Advocates say the average wage for the field is just over nine dollars, and they're calling for an increase.  Charlotte Cronin's son Daniel is 28.  Cronin says his severe developmental disabilities make it difficult to care for him by herself. Cronin says the personal support workers, like the ones her son relies on, deserve better pay.