State legislators are done with their work until Republican Bruce Rauner becomes governor next month. Members of the House finished their work Wednesday, and after a morning of debate, the Senate adjourned yesterday afternoon.
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The General Assembly meets over a two year cycle. This one is coming to a somewhat lackluster close. Though the House declared itself totally done, Senate President John Cullerton is leaving open the possibility of calling legislators back to Springfield. "But it's not anticipated we'll be having any more action. So, thanks once again for all of hard work these last two years, we've done a great job. Look forward to seeing you next year." The next session dates on the calendar are for mid-January, when Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner will be inaugurated, and the next General Assembly sworn in. Lawmakers could have to do immediate heavy-lifting; the New Year will ring in fresh budget troubles, as the state income tax rate rolls back at the end of the month.
Illinois Senators approved a plan last night that would hike the state's minimum wage to eleven dollars an hour.
Jackie Collins, a Chicago Democrat, says that would improve quality of life for low-income workers, and reduce their need for government assistance.
"I believe that what we are doing here, we will send a message to those corporations - the multi-billionaire corporations, that no longer will we support sub-par wages, in the knowledge that the government will help their workers afford food, housing and healthcare."