House Speaker won’t call minimum wage bill
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ House Speaker Michael Madigan’s spokesman says Madigan does not plan to call a vote on a proposed increase in Illinois’ minimum wage this legislative session.
Spokesman Steve Brown said Tuesday the Chicago Democrat felt “complications of the last few days made it unlikely a bill could be passed during this General Assembly.”
The decision likely means the wage hike issue will be put on hold until next year.
A Democratic senator was pushing a proposal to increase the $8.25-per-hour wage to $11. She said earlier Tuesday she modified a proposal it to accommodate business concerns. But House leadership said they didn’t have the support to pass it.
The city of Chicago earlier in the day passed a minimum wage hike to $13 an hour by 2019.