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By Ashlee Rezin
Campaigning for a higher minimum wage in Illinois, Stand Up! Chicago joined forces with grassroots organizations from across the city for a series of rallies and marches as a part of the National Minimum Wage Day of Action. Illinois has the fifth highest minimum wage in the nation, at $8.25 per hour, higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, last adjusted in 2009. Yet, at least 400 protesters converged at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Tuesday to support SB 1565, legislation that would raise Illinois’ minimum wage, and to speak of the challenges low-wage jobs present.
Hundreds of low wage workers and their supporters marched through the streets of downtown Chicago Tuesday afternoon, demanding that federal and state lawmakers increase the minimum wage to at least 10 dollars an hour. In the crowd were fast food and retail employees, janitors, cashiers, laborers, and more.