Minimum Wage an Issue in Governor’s Race

Apr 14, 2017

Raising Illinois’ minimum wage is shaping up to be another issue in the governor’s race.  The state’s current minimum wage is $8.25 an hour.  Incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner says he is in favor of a higher minimum wage on the condition that other pro-business items are also approved.

“I support raising it in the context of a balanced budget with structural reforms to bring down the regulatory burden on our businesses so they can afford to pay a higher minimum wage.”

Illinois state senators originally included an increase in the minimum wage as part of a grand compromise to end the budget impasse. But it was taken out - because some places like the City of Chicago - already have a higher minimum wage of $10.50 an hour.