PEORIA – Building on efforts to help working families across the state, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced on Labor Day a new toll free helpline -- 1-800-478-3998 – to help workers making the minimum wage report if they are not receiving the state’s required minimum wage of $6.50 an hour.
“We raised the minimum wage to $6.50 an hour in Illinois -- a major increase from the federal minimum wage of just $5.15 an hour. That has helped nearly half a million families make ends meet. Making $6.50 an hour helps you put food on the table and buy clothes for your children,” said the Governor, who spoke to workers in Peoria’s Gateway Center. “If you work for the minimum wage and you are not receiving $6.50 an hour, call us at 1-800-478-3998 so we can help you get the wages you’re owed.”
By calling 1-800-478-3998, workers will be able to file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) which will follow up with employers to make sure they’re paying their workers the wages they’re supposed to earn. In order to enhance enforcement, the FY 07 budget allows IDOL to hire two additional people to investigate minimum wage and overtime complaints.
Governor Blagojevich signed legislation in 2003 increasing Illinois’ minimum wage to $6.50 an hour, a significantly higher amount than the national minimum wage of $5.15 an hour, which has not been increased since 1997. As a result, Illinois has one of the highest minimum wages in the nation, benefiting an estimated 450,000 Illinois workers in the state who are dependent on minimum wage salaries.