Actor Martin Sheen and Governor Pat Quinn called for a higher minimum wage in Illinois, but critics say a raise will cost more than just employers.
“We know the folks that make minimum wage, they are not going to put that money in the bank vault. They are going to go out there and spend that money in the community and create more jobs,” Governor Quinn said.
“This is more than an economic issue; it’s a moral issue,” Kathleen Johnson, the executive director of Action Now added.
The minimum wage in Illinois is $8.25 an hour.
The star power to help push a raise came from Martin Sheen who said acting is his job, but activism keeps him alive.
“We are in a long and arduous fight and it’s not going to be easy thing and when you think about it, how could anyone argue against a $10 minimum wage for heaven’s sake,” Sheen said.
But the Republican candidates running against Governor Quinn say raising the minimum wage can have negative consequences. They say it can lead to fewer jobs.
The Governor needs votes in the statehouse to get a raise in the minimum wage passed.