Rep. Arthur Turner (D-Chicago) introduced a bill in the House Tuesday
that looks to increase the minimum wage in Illinois from $8.25 to $10.65
The bill looks to boost the
current minimum wage to $9.25 per hour on October 1, 2014, $10 per hour
on July 1, 2015 and finally $10.65 per hour on July 1, 2016. Barbara Flynn Currie, majority leader of the Illinois House, has signed on as a chief co-sponsor.
The recent measure, HB 3718, joins State Sen. Kimberly Lightford's (D-Chicago) push in the Senate via SB 68 to raise Illinois' minimum wage to at least $10.
the minimum wage would help workers better afford basic necessities,
but it would also strengthen the economy and benefit small businesses,
according to Raise Illinois, a coalition of various groups advocating for a minimum wage increase in the state.
to the coalition, a $10.65 per hour minimum wage means workers would
receive an additional $4,992 per year to spend in the local economy, including small businesses. Bumping the state's minimum wage would provide a
$2.5 billion boost to Illinois' economy, the group says.
one in Illinois should work full time and still struggle to feed their
children or keep a roof over their head,” Kimberly Drew, policy
associate at Heartland Alliance, a member group of Raise Illinois, said in a statement. "The state
minimum wage of $8.25 per hour is out of date with economic reality. Had
minimum wage kept pace with inflation, today it would be $10.75 per
hour. The Raise Illinois Coalition applauds Representative Turner and
Senator Lightford’s work on this initiative to help hardworking Illinois
families escape from poverty.”