An increase in the minimum wage is supposed to come up for a vote in the U.S. Senate this week, and advocates here say it would be good for the economy. “If you work full time and make $8.25 an hour (the Illinois minimum), you only bring home about $17,000 a year, and yet lifting the minimum wage in Illinois immediately will help over 400,000 minimum wage workers."
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"That is a huge difference in our state economy that is struggling. What a boon that would be to help us all out,” April Verrett, executive vice president of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, said at a rally Monday in Chicago. The federal proposal would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is an enthusiastic supporter who spoke at the rally; Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) appears to be against it.