minimum wage

State News
6:27 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Minimum wage likely won't be raised this year

House Speaker Michael Madigan's spokesman says Madigan does not plan to call a vote on a proposed increase in Illinois' minimum wage this legislative session.   

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State News
6:00 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Il legislature could affect Chicago vote on hiking the minimum wage

Chicago aldermen are expected to vote on raising the minimum wage Tuesday. But Illinois lawmakers might not let Chicago go as high as it wants.

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State News
6:17 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Raising the minimum wage likely to be biggest issue in veto session

The biggest issue for Illinois lawmakers in the year's last veto session this week is whether they can muster votes for a minimum wage hike. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:47 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Group calling for lawmakers to hike minimum wage during veto session

George Hemberger of Raise Illinois speaks about raising the minimum wage in the state.
Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

A statewide coalition is calling for state lawmakers to raise the minimum wage during veto session. The group, Raise Illinois, wants the legislature to increase the wage to 10 dollars an hour from $8.25 an hour.

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State News
5:00 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Effort to raise the minumum wage underway

An effort to raise the minimum wage before Bruce Rauner takes office appears to be under way in Springfield.

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State News
6:47 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Fall campaign season underway

You may not have realized, but Labor Day, was supposed to be a big kickoff of the fall campaign season. Here's IPR's Amanda Vinicky with an update.

The seemingly incessant campaign ads, which -- no joke, Gov. Pat Quinn began airing against his opponent the very night Bruce Rauner clinched the Republican nomination in March, have disguised a traditional highlight on the countdown to November's election.

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State News
6:53 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Speaker wants 'millionaire tax' referendum

House Speaker Michael Madigan wants voters to weigh in on his so-called "millionaires' tax" at the November elections. The referendum would ask if income greater than a million dollars should be taxed an additional three percent, with the money going to schools.

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State News
1:24 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Il GOP wants voters to decide whether 5% income tax rate remains

The question of whether to extend Illinois' temporary income tax increase has dominated the spring legislative session. Tuesday, Republicans are saying the question ought to be put to voters this fall. 

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State News
10:51 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Il House committee approves minimum wage ballot question

Plans to raise the minimum wage in Illinois have struggled all spring. Instead of letting the proposal fail in the General Assembly, Democratic leaders want to put it to voters. As IPR'S Hannah Meisel reports, the question on the November ballot would be non-binding.

House Speaker Michael Madigan says he wants to ask voters a simple question: "Shall the minimum wage in Illinois for adults, over age 18, be raised to $10 an hour by January first, 2015?"

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State News
6:22 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Durbin criticizes GOP candidates for governor

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is criticizing the Republican field of candidates governor for their stances on low-income workers and the unemployed. IPR'S Hannah Meisel reports.

It's an ongoing battle the Democratic senator is fighting in Congress, mirrored in the race for the governor's mansion: raising the minimum wage. 

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