Thanks to Senator Durbin

I would like to thank my senator, Richard Durbin, for all the work he’s done for us both in Washington and here in Illinois. I especially would like to thank him for supporting an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

It is hard living off of a wage of $8.25. As an attorney representing working-class families, I see the struggles hard-working people endure to support themselves and their children. We must think of more than just business owners when we look at wage fairness. The working poor are parents, friends and neighbors.

Raising the minimum wage would make a huge difference for thousands of families across Illinois. This is common-sense legislation that would make sure every Illinoisan, Rockford to Peoria, would earn a fair wage for good work.

I stand with Senator Durbin in support of raising the minimum wage.

Ryan Gailey
Rockford

From the Oct. 15-21, 2014, issue

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2 thoughts on “Thanks to Senator Durbin

  • October 17, 2014 at 9:27 am
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    I happily voted against this measure the other day (in the form of an absentee ballot as I will be travelling all of November) and encourage others to do so as well. There is no justification for advocacy of government violence such as the minimum wage. It is based purely on anti-economical, Robin Hood-like, (dare I say it) Communist thinking. Don’t think a potential employer would pay you enough? Don’t work for them. Don’t run to the government and ask it to hold a gun to their head to get what you want. If you are thinking of voting for this, please, take two seconds to think it through.

  • October 20, 2014 at 2:37 pm
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    Increasing the minimum wage will not result in unemployment, inflation or an economic recession. It’s just a myth perpetrated by the GOP and their wealthy donors who support income inequality.

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