The Illinois Economic Policy Institute and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have jointly released a one-page fact sheet on raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour in Illinois.
The minimum wage has been at the forefront of state policy action to combat inequality. In January 2019, 19 states raised their minimum wage. Illinois, however, has not increased its minimum wage ($8.25 per hour) since July 2010.
Studies find that minimum wage hikes boost worker earnings while having little to no negative impacts on jobs.