What's a Living Wage Where You Live?

With talk of the minimum wage in Illinois and in Chicago being raised eventually, we took a look at what it would take to earn a living wage in Illinois.

Could you live on a minimum wage in your county? While the minimum wage for Illinois is constant throughout the state, the living wage varies from county to county.

How many hours would you have to work per week on a minimum wage in your county to attain a living wage? What if you had kids to feed too? 

We've got an interactive infographic in which you can find out exactly what a living wage is in your county, then you can compare that figure with other counties in Illinois or with other states in the country.

Find out the living wage where you live here.

While you're in the mindset of looking at a map, we suggest you look up where these 10 Illinois parks are that you need to visit. It's summer, the weather is warm, so get out and enjoy it with a visit to one (or all 10) of those parks.

This article appears on all Patch Chicago sites. The views expressed in this post are those of Reboot Illinois and do not reflect those of Patch or its editors.

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OL July 10, 2014 at 02:24 PM
Ok let me figure this out. If I get a job at minimum wage $8.25 an hour that would be about $17,000 a year How much would I have to earn to pay my way and get off the system? If I don't get a job I can stay on link ,section 8 housing, Medicare ,free Obama phone , free electricity free cooking & heating gas, free bus fare and all that other good free stuff. Hmmm, why get a job then. Let ALL the working people pay for all my free stuff when the government takes it out on their taxes. I do feel sorry for those that are working 40 hours a week. That are getting minimum-wage and trying to get off the system but there is not much incentive. Why get a minimum wage job? When you can make more money sitting at home doing nothing, as opposed to trying to live on minimum wage. All these companies are cutting back employees hours so they do not have to provide them with medical. Some companies are even giving employees information as where to file for government help. These big companies do not want to increase the minimum wage. They want everyone else to pay for their benefits via Welfare.
Leroy July 10, 2014 at 02:25 PM
The true problem is not the minimum wage- it's the fact that our dollar continues to lose its value. Whenever our gov't prints more dollar bills and circulates them into the economy, the value of our dollar diminishes. Increasing the minimum wage is a "Band-Aid" approach to a long term problem. Unfortunately, there is a large segment of our society that cannot connect cause/effect. Show your employer why you deserve a raise instead of voting for a politician who will force an employer to make changes that might not be in the business's best interest.
Tony July 10, 2014 at 11:48 PM
One step closer to becoming nationalized
Le Avion July 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Voice of Reason, I never hid my opinions so what are you complaining about? Search and you'll find research that shows that increasing the minimum wage is good for the businesses and the overall economy. But I am sure nothing will convince you anyway since you prefer the echo chamber of fox news et al. BTW, check out the announcement from IKEA this morning about increasing the minimum wage of their US employees.
Edward Andrysiak July 11, 2014 at 11:44 AM
Mixing apples and oranges. Minimum wage is NOT intended to be a living wage. Minimum is entry level and part time work...a place for young people to get a start in the business world and yes, a place for older folks to supplement their SS check with a few bucks. Living wage and minimum wage should never be compared...they are not the same thing!


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