Mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle released the following statement after the Senate passed a minimum wage bill in Springfield today:
“I applaud the Senate for taking action to move toward a $15 an hour minimum wage in Illinois. Here in Chicago, we must act now. I am committed to making $15 an hour wage a reality, and I am the only candidate who has a concrete plan or timeline to do so. I call on my opponents to join me in standing up for the 400,000 minimum wage Chicago workers.”
Toni’s plan would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021, through 50 cent increases every six months. Her proposal would incorporate annual reviews by the Office of Labor Standards and would provide an analysis of economic conditions in the City and make recommendations of future wage increases. No other mayoral candidate has proposed a plan to raise the minimum wage, or a timeline:
- Susana Mendoza supports what is essentially a wage freeze for Chicago’s workers. She has indicated the state, not the city of Chicago, should make this change and that the City’s wage should not be higher than the state’s.
- Bill Daley said not so fast — he wants to get to a $13 minimum wage before discussing further hikes.
- Gery Chico has indicated support for a $15 minimum wage but did not explain how it would be done and when it would be accomplished.
- Willie Wilson commented, “I believe the current minimum wage is OK.”