Today, the Illinois House voted to approve a bill for a statewide $15 minimum wage by 2025. Last week, the bill was overwhelmingly approved by the Illinois Senate. The proposal would increase the state minimum wage, currently $8.25, to $9.25 on January 1, 2020. After bumping to $10 on July 1, 2020, the wage would increase $1 each year until 2025.
“Today is a great victory for the 1.4 million working families and organizers, who have been fighting to raise the wage. I applaud the state legislature recognizing the importance of every working person in Illinois earning a living wage,” said Toni Preckwinkle. “This is a historic step in the right direction for the state, but we still can - and need to - make this a reality for Chicago’s 400,000 minimum wage workers much sooner.”
Preckwinkle was the first and only Chicago mayoral candidate to propose a clear path to get Chicago to a $15 minimum wage, which her plan would accomplish by July 2021.
Susana Mendoza’s wait-and-see approach on the minimum wage demonstrates her lack of leadership and advocacy on issues that are important for working families. While Bill Daley’s strong ties to the business community prompted him to respond “not so fast” when asked about a Chicago $15 wage.