With Rauner gone, House Democrats revive bill to block employers from asking applicants about salary history


With a new governor in office, the Democratic-controlled Illinois House is charging ahead on legislation blocked by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner as he pursued his pro-business, union-weakening agenda.

The House voted by wide margins this week to approve a bill that would prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their salary histories and another bill that would raise the legal smoking age to 21. Those votes come after new Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill last month that will raise the statewide minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025.

The salary history measure passed Wednesday by an 86-28 vote. The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Anna Moeller, an Elgin Democrat, said it is designed to help close the wage gap between women and men. Moeller said Pritzker has expressed support.

“I knew that if we could get it through the General Assembly this year, we would have a partner in the governor’s office to sign it,” she said.

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March 13, 2019 at 05:45PM

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