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A Liveable Wage not a Minimum Wage

WVIK Staff

Thousands of workers in Illinois should earn a "livable wage," not a minimum wage. That was the message today at news conferences in the Quad Cities and around the state, organized by the Raise Illinois coalition, on the eve of the General Assembly's veto session.

Currently the state minimum is $8.25 an hour, and their goal is $10.
In Rock Island, Mike Malmstrom, director of Bridging the Gap for Homeless Veterans, says many people who leave the military can only find minimum wage jobs. 

Malmstrom says raising the minimum wage would show respect for veterans who've put their lives on the line for us.

26 year old Carrie Hanzal  lives in Rock Island with her parents, drives a 14 year old car, goes to college, and works at a grocery store.

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Carrie Hanzal
An increase would help pay college debts and buy a new car.

Earlier this month, 67 per cent of Illinois voters supported an advisory referendum on raising the minimum wage, winning a majority in 83 of 102 counties. Backers call that a "mandate" for action by the General Assembly.  

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.