Unions call for wage hike for caregivers of the developmentally disabled

By WEEK Producer

February 4, 2014 Updated Feb 4, 2014 at 10:51 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois unions and some not-for-profit agencies are calling for an increase in the wages of those who care for the developmentally disabled.

Backers of a bill increasing minimum wage for these workers said low wages have lead to a high turnover of caregivers.

Among those speaking for the proposal is Peoria resident Charlotte Cronin, whose 28-year-old son is severely disabled.

"For Daniel, they are his first responders, his EMT's, they are the glue which keeps his life together," she said. "In return, they are paid such low wages it begs the imagination."

Governor Quinn, who is pushed for an minimum wage increase, has not said if he would support this specific wage hike.

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