Minimum Wage

Illinois lawmakers approved a plan increasing starting teacher salaries over the next five years. That's forcing northern Illinois education leaders to prepare their districts for the change. Some will barely feel its effects at all, while others are playing catch up.

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Teachers in Illinois are applauding a new law that could boost their bottom line. A bill signed on Thursday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker raises the minimum salary for teachers in the state to $40,000, up from $10,000.

As a second-year teacher at the Crossroads Learning Center in the Jacksonville District, Bentley Stewart currently earns $34,000. She says teachers need to feel more secure and valued in their profession.

For Low Wage Workers Housing is Out of Reach

Mar 19, 2019

An estimated 10,643 people in Illinois are homeless according to federal data. Many of those are working - but still can’t make ends meet.

For the Stephens family, it all began with a landlord who refused to make repairs to their rental home.

“Our roof was a joke,” Jenny Stephens said. “Our roof had a big old huge hole in it, gaping hole. And when it snowed, we had snow in our kitchen.”

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a measure gradually hiking the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, the highest in the Midwest.

It was one of the new Democratic governor's top campaign promises. He signed the six-year plan Tuesday at the Governor's Mansion.

The Illinois House Thursday joined the Senate, which had previously passed a bill to increase the state minimum wage.

The current eight dollars 25 cents an hour will gradually rise to 15 bucks an hour by 2025.

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The Illinois House is set to vote on increasing the minimum wage on Thursday.

Despite concerns from many business owners, the House will consider legislation gradually raising the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour. The bill includes a tax credit for small businesses to help offset the cost.

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A southern Illinois business owner says a 15-dollar minimum wage in Illinois would devastate his company.

Don Welge is president and CEO of Gilster-Mary Lee, a family-held food manufacturer headquartered in Chester.

Illinois is one step closer to having a $15 minimum wage, after the state Senate approved the legislation by a 39-18 vote Thursday.

Illinois lawmakers may be slowing the process to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. The proposal was expected to be called for a vote and passed out of the Senate as soon as Thursday.

State Sen. Kim Lightford (D-Maywood), sponsor of the plan, said Gov. J.B. Pritzker wanted the bill approved in time for his budget address on Feb. 20.

“We’re off next week,” she said. “And the House will still be in, so the goal was to actually send the bill over so that the House could work on it next week while we’re not here.”

Illinois lawmakers are moving quickly to draft a plan for a minimum wage increase. But, there are competing ideas on how to approach it. 

Supporters of a higher minimum wage, clean elections and medical marijuana are looking at the next steps to implement the ballot initiatives, while warning politicians not to try to undermine them.

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Missouri voters will decide on a ballot measure tomorrow that would gradually raise the state's minimum wage to $12 an hour. New research estimates the effects if Proposition B is approved.

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill this weekend that would have raised the minimum salary for Illinois public school teachers to $40,000 by 2022.

In his veto message, Rauner says legislation isn’t the best way to raise teacher pay.

Illinois's fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage hit a roadblock last Friday after Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the bill that would make it happen.

The Illinois General Assembly approved a plan in late May that would raise the minimum wage gradually from $8.25 to $15 an hour over the next five years.

But, after two months on the governor's desk, Senate Bill 81 was shot down.

The substantial-raise proposal remains polarizing.

A new study finds minimum wage fails to pay the rent in Illinois.  

With the Illinois legislative session scheduled to end on Wednesday, lawmakers were busy trying to deal with some measures still needing action.

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.

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An economist is trying to move the debate over the minimum wage beyond its usual focus on jobs - and has found higher wages lead to healthier babies.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is backing a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $12 by 2020 - which is more ambitious than Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal.

Governor Bruce Rauner won't say whether he would sign a minimum wage bill that cleared the Illinois Senate.

A day after Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed a seven year time frame to bring Illinois' minimum wage to $10 an hour. The Illinois Senate approved a plan that would make that happen by 2017. 
 

The Senate, or its Democrats, anyway, passed a minimum wage hike late last year. It died after stalling in the House.

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The Illinois Senate has passed legislation that would raise the state's minimum wage.

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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.

The sponsor of a minimum wage hike says she'll push to get it passed during the legislature's veto session.

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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 wasted no time campaigning on the issue.

The president of Southern Illinois University says the school cannot afford an increase in the minimum wage.

Gov. Pat Quinn is using the holiday weekend honoring Martin Luther King Jr. to continue pressing for raising Illinois' minimum wage to at least $10.