$15 minimum wage passes Illinois House Labor Committee

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Illinois State Representative Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) led the charge for a $15 minimum wage in Illinois on April 5. HB 198 passed 17-6 in the House Labor Committee.

Under the provisions of the bill, the state minimum wage would increase in increments from its current rate of $8.25 per hour:

  • Beginning of 2018 – increase to $9 per hour.
  • 2019 – $10 per hour.
  • 2020 – $11.25 per hour.
  • 2021 – $13 per hour.
  • 2022 – $15 per hour

“It has been seven years since our state’s minimum wage has increased,” said Michael Carrigan, president Illinois AFL-CIO. “ In that time these workers have seen the cost of their groceries, heating and daycare bills go up. These workers deserve a raise, and it will help Illinois’ economy.”

The legislation also calls for a small business tax credit (for those who employ 50 employees or less) for those businesses that employ minimum wage workers.

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