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House approves minimum wage increase to $15, Senate ready to vote

minwage 053017Today the Illinois House approved Senate Bill 81 which increases the minimum wage in Illinois. The measure was initiated in the Senate and increases the minimum wage over five years to $15 per hour by January 1, 2022.

Senate President John J. Cullerton statement on House approval of a minimum wage increase:

“The Senate has been waiting a long time for this. I hope that my assurances that this will get a vote in the Senate helped give the House members the courage to do the right thing. The Senate is ready to take this up if the House can get the paperwork over to us.”

Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford, long-time sponsor of minimum wage increase legislation, said, “I look forward to receiving the minimum wage that was voted on in the House. We have approved a number of minimum wage measures in the Senate, and many of my colleagues are eager for and committed to a $15 minimum wage.”

Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) issued the following statement regarding today’s favorable vote:

“I’m encouraged by the House passage of Senate Bill 81, led by Representative Will Guzzardi, which would raise the minimum wage to $15. This is a commonsense solution that would allow us to invest in our communities and invest in people. I’m committed to $15, and I look forward to working with Senator Kimberly Lightford and our colleagues in the Senate to promptly send this bill to Gov. Rauner’s desk,” Biss said.

“Unfortunately, Gov. Rauner continues to fail to articulate any real plans to help low-income workers in Illinois. Across the state, under the Rauner administration, communities are hurting because of a system that works for millionaires and the machine but just isn’t working for the rest of us.”