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Fight for $15

Chris Kennedy supports the Fight for $15. Right now, more than 40% of people in Illinois earn less than $15 an hour, with many of them earning closer to the current state minimum wage of $8.25, which has remained unchanged since 2010. These workers are mainly women, people of color, middle-aged and elderly workers.

Wages like this hinder people from covering basic needs such as housing, food, and transportation. No one who has a full-time job should have to choose between paying rent or putting food on the table. Chris believes we should provide the people of Illinois with a livable wage.

Instead of standing with the people of Illinois, Governor Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 81, which would have raised the Illinois minimum wage to $15 by 2022. By that same year, a single worker in rural Illinois will need to earn $32,178 a year to cover basic living costs. That’s a $15.47 an hour wage for a full-time worker. For higher cost areas like Chicago, single workers will need more – roughly $17.65 an hour – to afford the basics. These estimates do not even account for those who have or wish to raise a family who they will need to support. This is unacceptable. As Governor, Chris would increase the minimum wage.