No job cuts planned for Goodwill of Central Illinois

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PEORIA, Ill. — Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois said employees with disabilities do not have to worry about losing their jobs or their pay.

After it was reported that Land of Lincoln Goodwill officials told dozens of disabled thrift store workers they would no longer receive a paycheck as a result of the state’s new minimum wage increase, Goodwill of Central Illinois officials said they have not eliminated any positions for people with disabilities and has no plans to do so.

All employees of Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois are paid at or above the Illinois Minimum Wage, officials said.

“People in our system that have disabilities continue to work for us, and will continue to work for us, and still qualify for raises,” President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois, Don Johnson, said.

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois is headquartered in Peoria and also covers East Peoria, Pekin, Kewanee, Canton, Washington and Morton (to name a few), the Land of Lincoln Goodwill covers Bloomington-Normal, Springfield and southern Illinois locations.

“They are two totally different Goodwills,” Johnson explained.

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