IL Senate votes to hike to minimum wage, goes to rules committee

One step closer to IL min. wage hike

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - The Illinois Senate voted to pass the $15 minimum wage hike on Feb. 7.

Senate Bill 0001 passed by a vote of 39 to 18.

Legislation was sent to the House which had the first read and assigned it to the rules committee.

Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) voted against the measure. He released the following statement:

“While I can recognize efforts to provide more for the wage earners of this state, I cannot support a measure that has the potential for widespread harm to the business sector of Southern Illinois. I’ve heard from several employers across the region and the response has been, overwhelmingly, against this increase. Highlighting the raise in annual labor costs, the anticipated layoffs and the increase in cost of living for our residents, the reality is Senate Bill 0001 is shortsighted and only adds to the already high-costs of doing business in Illinois.”
Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg)

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce released the following statement:

Increasing the minimum wage by 82 percent over the next five years would harm small businesses, kill jobs and eliminate opportunities for the workers who need them the most. We recognize an increase may very well become law. However, regional market wages should be considered, along with additional options for seasonal and training wages and preemption of local governments further increasing the new wage. We hope legislators will work with the business community to implement practical solutions that mitigate the impact on small businesses.”
President and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Todd Maisch.

The following is a statement from the Illinois Chamber:

“The Illinois Senate recently passed a proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. This 82% minimum wage hike on small businesses is going to have negative consequences on the backbone of our state’s economy. Similar attempts to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour have been defeated in the past. However, this year, it is a high priority for legislative Democrats and Governor Pritzker to pass this bill into law before the end of February. However, it’s not too late to voice your concerns to members of the Illinois House of Representatives. It is imperative that you reach out to your state representative as soon as possible to urge them to vote NO on any increase to the minimum wage without job growth protections.”
IL Chamber of Commerce

The Illinois Chamber has provided a link that allows you to send a grassroots activation letter to your state representatives.

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) released the following statement following the Senate Executive Committee’s approval of legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour across the state:

“Today’s vote was carried out without the concerns of the business community in mind, particularly retailers in downstate and suburban communities who are less able to absorb such a dramatic increase in labor costs compared to their counterparts in the city of Chicago. As we try to strike a balance that will benefit workers and employers across the state, the business community has proposed a regional plan to increase the state’s minimum wage based on the economic realities in different parts of the state. We urge lawmakers to pause and think about the local employers in their districts while working toward a solution that will benefit everyone."
Rob Karr, president & CEO, Illinois Retail Merchants AssociatioN

A letter was written by a Coalition comprised of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, Illinois Manufacture's Association, Illinois Licensed Beverage Association, National Assoc. of Theatre Owners of Illinois, Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association, Illinois Director of National Federation of Independent Business, Midwest Hardware Association, Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association, Illinois Lumber & Material Dealers Association, Illinois Food Retailers Association, Community Bankers Association. of Illinois, ASAP of Illinois, Associated Builders & Contractors Inc and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. The letter includes a proposed compromise, and could be a model for a letter of your own.

To view the letter, Click Here.

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