Slowik: South suburban residents strongly support raising the minimum wage

One of the first legislative priorities of Illinois Democratic lawmakers during the administration of Gov. J.B. Pritzker is to raise the minimum wage.

On Thursday, the state Senate approved a proposal to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. The rate has been $8.25 an hour since 2010.

Democratic legislators seem to be fast-tracking the measure so Pritzker can brag about an accomplishment when he gives a budget address on Feb. 20. The legislature approved a similar minimum-wage increase measure last year but former Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed it.

Now, it seems like Democrats want to show how the legislative and executive branches can get things done by working in unison, unlike the partisan gridlock that characterized the Rauner years.

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Region: South Suburbs,Opinion

via Southtown Opinion – Daily Southtown

February 7, 2019 at 04:45PM

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