Illinois House Approves Minimum-Wage Hike To $15

May 31, 2017

The Illinois House has approved a proposal that would raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour over five years.

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House lawmakers voted 61 to 53 Tuesday.

Democratic State Rep. Will Guzzardi of Chicago says the plan would help working people make ends meet.

The Illinois minimum wage is $8.25. Under the plan, workers age 18 and over would see the wage jump in increments until 2022. The plan also includes a tax credit for businesses with 50 employees or fewer.

A higher minimum wage has been a rallying point for Democrats and labor unions across the country.
Rep. Chris Welch, D-Hillside, said his constituents want help bringing home more money.

“If you flip a burger, you should make a decent wage too,” he said.

Opponents, including retail groups, say raising the wage hurts businesses.

Rep. Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego says the plan will make Illinois more uncompetitive. 

It's unclear whether Gov. Bruce Rauner will sign the bill. The Republican has said he'd support a minimum-wage increase in conjunction with other regulatory changes.

  • Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey and The Associated Press contributed to this report.