* Democratic Party of Illinois e-mail blast to party members…
Illinois is on the verge of making history by supporting hard-working people and their families with an increased minimum wage of $15 an hour.
Governor Pritzker is determined to pass this critical legislation by the end of the month. It’s an aggressive but achievable goal with your help. Please reach out to your legislators and ask them to support SB1, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford and State Representative Will Guzzardi.
I know you agree that Illinoisans deserve a raise. Supporting higher wages means building a stronger Illinois with better-paying jobs, increased consumer spending and a growing economy.
Consider these facts from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute*:
* Studies find that minimum wage hikes boost worker earnings while having little to no negative impact on employment. In addition, there is evidence that worker turnover falls following a minimum wage hike, reducing employer costs.
* 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 the Chicago area. While a $15 minimum wage would boost earnings by about $5,000 for directly affected workers in the Chicago area, it would raise annual incomes for low-wage workers by 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.
Despite strong support across all regions of the state, Illinois has not increased the minimum wage since July 2010. Now is the time to stand up for working men and women in Illinois.
Join the effort to increase the minimum wage at Raise the Wage. Together we can fight for Illinois families and build a stronger future for Illinois.
With kindest personal regards, I remain
Michael J. Madigan
The “Raise the Wage” link takes you to DPI’s website.
* This pitch is pretty rich in irony for more than one reason. Tribune editorial…
Mind you, Democrats could have passed and gotten signed into law a statewide minimum wage hike years ago. It has been stuck at $8.25 since 2010. Former Gov. Pat Quinn, with a Democrat-led legislature from 2009 to 2014, begged lawmakers to send him a bill.
The Senate tried to send him a minimum wage hike, but Speaker Madigan wouldn’t forward anything to the governor’s desk.
* Also, Madigan said this earlier in the week…
“This is a governor’s initiative. This is a request by the governor. It’s Gov. Pritzker that wants to raise the minimum wage.”