Legislators in an Illinois House committee passed Speaker Michael Madigan's (D-Chicago) plan to place a non-binding referendum on the November ballot concerning a boost to the state's minimum wage. The proposal was passed Friday by a 12-7 vote, with no Republicans voting in favor of the referendum.
The non-binding referendum would ask Illinois voters if they support lifting the state's minimum wage from the current $8.25 an hour to $10 by January 2015. Madigan's plan for the ballot referendum comes as legislation to increase the state's minimum wage remains stuck in the legislature without enough votes to pass in both chambers.
“We’re trying to build support,” Madigan spokesman Steve Brown told the Chicago Tribune. “It seems like a pretty widely supported issue (in the general public). I think you need to educate the legislature.”
Brown told the Chicago Sun-Times that the full House could take up the legislation as early as next week. The current legislative session ends May 31.