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The Illinois House has approved a plan to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour. But it faces an uphill climb to become law.  A higher minimum wage has been a rallying point for Democrats and labor unions across the country.

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A march toward downtown Chicago on May Day is taking up several city blocks, with organizers estimating an attendance of 20,000 people.  Many signs in the crowd call for an end to deportations. But advocates of several organizations are pushing for numerous causes, including workers' rights, environmental justice and a higher minimum wage.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Democrats are pushing an ambitious minimum wage hike despite opposition from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Minimum Wage Increase Proposal Still Alive

Apr 19, 2017
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A proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next five years is making its way through the state legislature.

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.

Illinois voters in 2014 overwhelmingly approved raising the state’s minimum wage to ten dollars an hour. Legislators never followed through on that referendum. Now unions are pushing for a 15-dollar wage.

The proposal, which passed a House committee, would raise Illinois’ minimum wage from $8.25 to 15 dollars an hour over five years.

Business groups are against any increase, but say 15 dollars an hour would hurt the economy. They say employers would have to cut worker hours.

Minor league baseball players are suing Major League Baseball, claiming unfair pay. But a new proposal in Illinois would protect independent leagues from a similar lawsuit.

The state’s minimum wage law applies to most workers, but there are a few exceptions: farm hands, children of small business owners, and outdoor salesmen to name a few.

Rich Sauget is the owner of the Gateway Grizzlies, a minor league team in the East St. Louis area. He wants his players, coaches, and trainers to be added to that list.

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Michael Madigan was re-elected speaker of the House today in Springfield. It was the opening day of the 100th General Assembly. And Madigan used the occasion to call for a focus on economic growth.  Madigan's agenda consists largely of ideas he's suggested before: cutting the corporate tax rate, increasing taxes on millionaires, and raising the minimum wage.

The hourly minimum wage in suburban Chicago will be increased to $13 in action taken by the Cook County board.  The action will gradually raise the minimum wage. The first increase, to $10 an hour, takes effect July 1, 2017. The wage rises to $11 a year later and to $12 in July 2019. It becomes $13 an hour in 2020.

Debates over the minimum wage usually come down to economics — whether it helps or hurts workers and businesses. But new research suggests another potential winner: babies.

Economists have long known that people who make more money are generally healthier.

OSF HealthCare Raises Minimum Wage

Nov 12, 2015

OSF HealthCare is raising the minimum wage for all its workers to $10 per hour starting November 22nd.  The increase is $1.75 more than the state’s minimum wage and will affect about three-percent of OSF’s overall workforce, or Mission Partners.  OSF HealthCare Chair, Sister Judith Ann Duvall, says the raise highlights the value and service of OSF’s 17,000 Mission Partners.  Employees in food service, housekeeping and gift shops will primarily benefit from the increase.   

  Minimum wage earners in Chicago will see a $1.75 hourly bump. A city law raising the minimum wage to $13 by 2019 in increments will take effect Wednesday. The first increase will be from $8.25 to $10 an hour. After that it'll go up by 50 cents in 2016 and 2017, then by $1 in July 2018 and 2019.  City officials estimate the move impacts about 200,000 workers. Illinois' rate is already $1 higher than the national rate of $7.25. Several attempts to raise it statewide have failed or stalled with legislators. Chicago approved raising its rate in December.

An exotic dancer from the Peoria area has filed a federal lawsuit against the strip club where she works claiming the business is violating state and federal labor laws because it doesn't pay her a minimum wage.

For the first time in years, legislation to raise the minimum wage is advancing in the Illinois House. Brian Mackey has more.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has laid out a first-year agenda he says will make Illinois more competitive and "empower" people and local governments.  He says Illinois must make changes to become more welcoming to businesses.  

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.   

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.

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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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.

Effort to raise the minumum wage underway

Nov 6, 2014

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

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.

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.

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. 

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?"

Durbin criticizes GOP candidates for governor

Feb 10, 2014

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. 

The only mention of taxes during Governor Pat Quinn's address at ISU Sunday came when discussing the Republican candidates for Governor. Illinois' largest-ever income tax increase is due to sunset half-way through the fiscal year, but the Chicago Democrat is not saying if he'll support continuing the temporary hike.

Local lawmakers react to State of the State

Jan 30, 2014

State Senator Darin LaHood says the governor’s rhetoric does not match Illinois’ reality.

Schock on the State of the Union

Jan 29, 2014

18th District Congressman Aaron Schock says he liked the President’s comments on tax reform. 

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin continues to push for an extension of unemployment benefits. He says it’ll be the first priority when the U.S. Senate reconvenes next week. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

Durbin says 83,000 Illinoisans lost unemployment benefits on January first.