General Assembly looks at minimum wage

Jun 22, 2015

Remember last year's election? There was a non-binding referendum to raise the minimum wage in Illinois to $10 an hour. A majority of voters said they wanted it to happen.

But the General Assembly hasn't been able to get it done.

"I am planning on not allowing the minimum issue (to) fall by the wayside. It's a critical component to the development of the middle class."

That was Sen. Kim Lightford, a Democrat from Maywood and a longtime advocate of a minimum wage hike. To that end, the Senate will hold a special session focused on the wage, as well as on requiring employers to offer paid sick leave.

It's one of many examples of a divide between Democrats in the legislature and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner --- who says he would agree to a $10 minimum wage ... in 2022, and only if his pro-business platform passes.