Illinois Considers Raising Minimum Wage to $15/hour

It would be the first boost in Illinois minimum wage since 2010

Brett Blume
January 30, 2019 - 4:22 pm
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) -  Illinois lawmakers are talking about boosting the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The last increase was in 2010, when it rose to the current rate of $8.25 an hour.

Senator Kimberly Lightford says it's time to bump that up so that people can earn a wage they can live on.

Plus, she adds, the $15 amount would be phased in over several years.

"It will take us to 2025 or so to get to $15 an hour, so it's not going to happen next year," she pointed out. "We will not suddenly go from eight-and-a-quarter to 15 dollars an hour. It will be over a period of time."

But Mark Grant with the National Federation of Independent Businesses calls the proposal a job-killer.

"Outside of Cook and the collar counties small businesses are the predominant employers statewide," Grant suggested. "Raising the Illinois minimum wage from eight-and-a-quarter to 15 dollars an hour would have a long-term, far-reaching and I think destructive consequence."

Other discussions around the minimum wage include whether teenagers would be paid the full minimum, and how much people who work in jobs where they are tipped would be paid.