Illinois Committee OKs Higher Minimum Wage

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois lawmakers are considering a plan to increase the minimum wage and let it rise automatically in the future.

The state Senate's Executive Committee approved the plan 9-5 Wednesday. But even the sponsor says more work is needed before it could become law.

The current minimum wage in Illinois is $8.25. The legislation would increase that by about 50 cents a year until it reaches $10.55. That matches the buying power of the minimum wage back in 1968, when it was just $1.60.

After that, it would go up by the cost of inflation each year.

Democratic Sen. Kimberly Lightford says her proposal is still being negotiated.

Opponents say the increase would force businesses to cut hours and employees.


The bill is SB1565.


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  • by glen Location: IL on May 26, 2012 at 11:39 AM
    Minimum Wage Increase sound good on paper but lets look at the other side of the coin i make $8.25hr i was making 8.25hr before the Minimum Wage Increase to 8.25 hr if this one was to become law the only thing that will change is every one that gets bump to 10hr is thy will pay in in to the gov. because every one from DQ to GT will have to pay out more so prices will go up to make up the for the money thy are paying out (cost of living gos up) so you pay more for thing you need so you dont have any more money the only one that will is the one that live out of state but close enough to come and work in IL think about it who looking out for who
  • by Ray on May 23, 2012 at 09:54 AM
    Kitty, about 3 years ago I bought 5 pizza places and through marketing and operations we have increased sales by 20%. I pay myself a salary of $1000 dollars and only cash every other paycheck. I do this so that there is money in the bank so that my employees can cash their checks instead of me. Reading your post, shows me that the majority of people really do not have a clue about the inner working of a business. I had over $2 million go through my business bank account in 2011 and I acually lost money. This is due to the outragous taxes in the state of Illinois and raising cost of goods and services. (Food and Min Wage)My costs were in line and I worked more hours than my managers in the stores. I still had to do my office work on top of that. I only started paying myself three months ago because the government says I have to show an income even though there is not enough money to pay myself. This causes me to pay employer taxes on paychecks that I don't even cash! I WILL raise my prices and WILL cut jobs and work EVEN MORE hours in the store. Thus, taking hours away from my employees because I will not be able to afford to pay them. Min Wage is not meant to be a "living wage." It is a starting wage. When a young person enters the workforce, they start at a lower wage. As they show that are a good employee and help the company MAKE MONEY they will get raises.
  • by Danny Location: H'burg on May 17, 2012 at 09:46 PM
    Kitty, I had worked as restraut manager for 20 years, putting in between 50 and 70 hour a week. I worked hard for everything that I earned. Everytime we had a minimum wage increase I struggled to make ends meet. Cost of living went up but my wages did not. In 2006 I scraped and borrowed to open my own business. Now I don't struggle but I'm not rich like may you think. I still work hard everday to keep business a float. I employ 20 workers about half of them are teenagers, can you tell me why a teenager needs to earn a living wage without earning it? If this bill gets passed I will be forced to cut back on workers and raise my prices to make up all the hidden cost increases that you are not aware of "How will that help the economy"
  • by New company start up Location: Mpark on May 17, 2012 at 03:47 PM
    This will only hurt small companies that are starting up and have a very thin margin like mine. It will force me to charge a higher rate for my goods to the market and if i need to relocate just to the north there by being able to hire more workers but also moving my tax dollars out of the state as well. So from a small business start up this is a lose lose lose for the people of Illinois. I would suggest you all read a book called "Biblical Economics in Comics"
  • by kitty Location: rockford on May 17, 2012 at 07:08 AM
    SERIOUSLY?? People might actually earn a living wage and the opponents say businesses would have to cut workers & hours?? BS These companies are making huge profits or they wouldn't still be in business!! We have so many children living in poverty and I don't see any company OWNERS just getting by, do you? Only in America can a company make money on the back of poverty!!!
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