Protestors demand higher minimum wage

By Amanda Porterfield |

Published 12/06 2013 10:06AM

Updated 12/06 2013 10:08AM

CHAMPAIGN -- Some people took part in a national protest to raise the minimum wage. Dozens gathered outside the McDonald's on Neil Street. They were holding signs and demanding fast food workers get a minimum $15/hour.

A man who says he worked at McDonald's, dressed as Santa to protest. He says, at one point, fast food work was considered entry-level, but with the sluggish economy, many workers are educated people who just need jobs and companies need to pay up.

Similar protests took place around the county. Walkouts were planned in 100 cities with rallies in another 100 cities.

Some good news for workers. Unemployment is going down in parts of the state. The Champaign-Urbana area added about 1,000 jobs in October. The Chicago-area added 54,000 jobs.

Hiring also went up around the Quad Cities and Lake County. Most of those jobs are being found in the education and health services industries.

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