House votes to raise IL minimum wage

House votes to raise IL minimum wage
The plan will increase the current $8.25 an hour base wage to $9.25 next January (Source: Raycom Image Bank)

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.

“Today is resounding victory for the 1.4 million Illinoisans who will soon get a hard-earned and well-deserved raise. After nearly a decade of delay, I applaud the House and Senate for passing a living wage with the fierce urgency this moment requires. Phasing in the minimum wage over the next six years will put $6,300 a year into the pockets of nearly a quarter of our state’s workforce and billions of dollars into local economies in every corner of our state. Whether you’re a home healthcare provider in McLeansboro or a janitor in Rockford, hardworking men and women across Illinois deserve a raise and will get one. After campaigning on a promise to put Springfield back on the side of working families, I will proudly sign this historic legislation in the days to come.”
Gov. JB Prizker (D-IL)

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:

“On behalf of the retail community, we are disappointed that a readily achievable compromise was not adopted on such an important matter. We thank the many employers who bravely came forward to share their concerns about the specific impacts of this legislation as they asked lawmakers to appreciate the economic diversity of our state. Still, we are hopeful that the failure to embrace genuine and achievable compromise on this legislation is not an indication of further things to come.”
Rob Karr, president & CEO, Illinois Retail Merchants Association

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