Wallace co-sponsors bill to increase minimum wage

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To ensure Illinois working families receive a fair wage, state Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, is co-sponsoring a bill to raise the minimum wage in Illinois, a measure voters overwhelmingly supported in the November election.

I know what it’s like to be a single parent and working multiple jobs to make ends meet, and small increases on a paycheck can have meaningful effects on a family’s ability to support itself,” Wallace said. “This increase of the minimum wage will dramatically increase the quality of life for countless Illinois families and allow them to support local businesses and spur economic growth.”

House Bill 3718 increases the minimum hourly wage gradually over time from the current $8.25 to $10 by July 1, 2015, to $10.65 by July 1, 2016. The legislation is designed to increase the wage in steps over time to allow employers a chance to adjust to the increase while employees earn wages more appropriate for the state’s cost of living. Wallace joins more than 66 percent of Illinois voters who supported raising the minimum on an advisory question that appeared on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Too many Illinois families work hard every day and are still forced to choose between paying bills or buying groceries, while large corporation continue to earn enormous profits,” Wallace said. “Fighting to ensure every hardworking person in our state can provide for their family will be a major legislative priority for me as state representative.”

For more information, contact Rep. Wallace’s full-time constituent service office at (815) 987-7433 or by email at Litesa@StateRepWallace.com.

Posted Nov. 20, 2014

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