minimum wage

Illinois State Senator Kimberly Lightford says she wants to see the minimum wage increased before Governor-elect Bruce Rauner takes office. The Democratic senator has been working on the minimum wage issue for almost two years. 

Rauner and Quinn disagree on minimum wage

Jul 17, 2014

 

The candidates for Illinois governor are again bickering over the state’s minimum wage. A referendum will ask voters this Fall whether the minimum wage should go up to 10 dollars an hour.

Voters will get to weigh in on whether Illinois should raise its minimum wage for adults to 10 dollars an hour. Governor Pat Quinn approved the ballot question Sunday, and as IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, he wasted no time campaigning on the issue.

The question is just advisory. Lawmakers don’t have to heed the people’s advice, but supporters of the increase say they hope it’ll pressure reluctant legislators to go along.

With the Illinois General Assembly’s spring session over, lawmakers aren’t scheduled to return to the Capitol until November. Two months of fierce debate over state spending and taxes culminated in a stalemate, so they passed a placeholder budget that will likely have to be revisited at the end of the year.

Madigan ‘strong support’ for min. wage hike

Apr 1, 2014

House Speaker Michael Madigan says there is "strong support" in the chamber for a hike in Illinois' minimum wage. That's one of the big issues in the governor's race.  

Push to double low-income state tax credit

Feb 17, 2014

Efforts to raise the minimum wage have been getting a lot of attention, but it's not the only proposal intended to improve the lives of the working poor. There's a push to double Illinois' tax credit for low income workers.