CHICAGO, Ill. – On Thursday, Governor Pat Quinn continued his efforts to raise Illinois' minimum wage accompanied by actor Martin Sheen.
Governor Quinn wants the minimum wage to increase from $8.25 to at least $10.
Last month, Governor Quinn met with President Barack Obama to discuss raising the minimum wage.
The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.
"I know there's a principal as old as the bible that if you work 40 hours a week and do things right, you shouldn't have to live in poverty,” Quinn said. “That's a fundamental principle that we all believe in and we want to do something about it.”
A full-time minimum wage worker in Illinois makes approximately $17,000 annually which is well below the Federal Poverty Threshold of $19,790 for a family of three.