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Statewide Movement Underway to Increase Wages for Direct Service Professionals

An important movement is underway to raise the wages of direct care workers in Illinois. A coalition of service providers, direct support professionals (DSPs), their unions and associations are working together to help secure a better wage for the dedicated workers who support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

There are currently two bills in the Illinois General Assembly supporting this movement. House Bill 3698 was introduced by Representative Robyn Gabel and Senate Bill 2604 was introduced by Senator Heather Steans. The goal of both bills is to increase average hourly wages DSPs over a three year period, from an average of $9.35 per hour to $13.00 per hour.

DSPs at Search, Inc. assist hundreds of individuals with their most important needs on a daily basis. This support often includes meal preparation, helping with medications, bathing, dressing, mobility, getting individuals to day programs and work, providing instruction on a wide range of topics, and recreational and other activities. We strongly encourage your support of this legislation and encourage you to learn more.

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