State Rep. Charlie Meier Reminds Constituents to Sign Petition Protecting Jobs for Developmentally Disabled Individuals

SPRINGFIELD, IL…. State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) is urging constituents to sign his petition projecting the jobs of Illinoisans with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Legislation pending in the Illinois House of Representatives (HB 793) could place at least 50% of workers with developmental and intellectual disabilities and service providers out of work throughout the state.

“HB 793 would put individuals with developmental disabilities out of work with no options for them to fall back on,” Rep. Meier said. “Many times individuals working in these types of jobs are doing light manual labor, and the companies that sponsor the workshops are doing a service by giving the individuals a place to work, socialize, and find purpose. Hiking their wages to meet the current $15 minimum wage would cause companies that support these programs to disinvest and would ultimately hurt them, not help them.”

Representative Meier’s petition opposing HB 793 can be found at