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We Need to Raise the Minimum Wage in Illinois

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
August 7, 2012

Illinois Senate Bill 1565 would gradually restore the state's minimum wage to an inflation adjusted value (over $10/hour) and then adjust the wage each year to keep pace with the cost of living. SB 1565 awaits a vote in the Senate now, and may be up for debate in the fall of 2012.

Livable wages are an important part to economic security for working individuals and families. According to research done by Health & Medicine Center for Long-Term Care Reform Co-Director Martha Holstein, economic security across a life time is important, too. [Link to attached document].

The theory of cumulative advantage/disadvantage tells us that an individuals socioeconomic status in the middle-working years is reflective of socioeconomic status in one's later years. So providing livable wages during middle-working years is key to helping individuals age in economic security.

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For more information on Economic Security visit Health & Medicine's Elder Economic Security Initiative website or email Kristen Pavle, Associate Director, Center for Long-Term Care Reform.