The “They Deserve More Coalition” thanks state Rep. Kelly Burke for standing up for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Burke championed some of Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens by voting in July for a state budget that included a wage increase for direct support professionals who care for people with disabilities. This wage increase, the first in nine years, was implemented by the state this week, providing an important first step toward a living wage for those committed to caring for some of Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens.

The coalition of more than 50 agencies and associations that support thousands of adults and children with disabilities in Illinois campaigned for a living wage, as hourly pay for their workers stalled at less than $10 per hour for nearly a decade. As Amazon, Walmart, donut shops and convenience stores offer jobs at $13 an hour or more, They Deserve More members urge state leaders to continue to allocate funding that supports those who care for people with disabilities all over the state.

The “They Deserve More” Coalition is comprised of more than 50 agencies, associations and organizations across the state of Illinois that support and care for children and adults with disabilities.

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