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Illinois minimum wage increase impacts Rockford Park District budget

Roughly $300,000 will need to be set aside to accommodate this change.
Published: Jan. 26, 2021 at 6:03 PM CST
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The Rockford Park District needs to accommodate for nearly $300,000 in this year’s budget that will come from an increase in its hourly rate for minimum wage workers.

On January 1, the Illinois minimum wage rose to $11 an hour, marking the third jump in a year after Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the legislation into law in 2019.

For companies and industries that work directly with hourly workers like the Rockford Park District, these rate increases come in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, placing an added strain on already struggling budgets.

The Rockford Park District Superintendent of Human Resources, Rhashonda Williams, discussed the impact of these changes.

“As far as the overall impact of what minimum wage will have on the Park District is about $2.3 million, so each year we will be planning to adjust our employees minimum wages accordingly,” said Williams.

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