SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - The Illinois House voted on Thursday, Feb. 14 to increase the state’s minimum wage.
Governor JB Pritzker wanted to sign the measure into law before laying out his first annual budget next Wednesday.
The plan will increase the current $8.25 an hour base wage to $9.25 next January, $10 next summer, then bump it up a dollar each January until 2025.
Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) voted no on the bill.
“Do you know what this will cost our entire University system,” Bryant asked during the debate on the House floor. “Do you know the overall cost this will have on SIU Carbondale, or SIU Edwardsville, or even to any of our community colleges? I represent an area with five nearby community colleges. How much is this going to eventually cost all of them?”
She went on to say that it would make the standard of living worse in southern Illinois.
The Illinois Retail Merchants Association put out this statement: