Illinois House passes $10 minimum wage ballot measure

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Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) – The Illinois House has advanced House Speaker Michael Madigan’s plan to ask voters whether the state should increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour.

The plan to put a nonbinding question on the November ballot passed the House by a 71-43 vote Tuesday. It comes after Illinois Democrats struggled to find votes to increase the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 to $10.65 per hour.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday said the referendum will help the Legislature “get the job done” as it works to build a majority to raise the minimum wage.

The ballot measure also may work to drive Democratic turnout in the Illinois governor’s race between Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner.

The measure now heads to the Senate.

1 Comment

  • Mascoutan

    The “minimum wage” has proven to harm the very people that the politicians profess that they are trying to help. Raising the minimum wage increases the cost of doing business for any business that has minimum-wage earners. The first thing that happens because the small business has to maintain costs is that the newly hired are usually let go. The business will delay or won’t hire new workers and the other workers in the business won’t get raises or raises will be delayed. Prices for the products and services of the business are raised to offset the increase in the cost of doing business. The end result is that unemployment rises, promotions and wage increases fall, costs go up for all and the politicians brag about “helping the little people”. This is “Economics 101” that too many ignorant people don’t understand (and keep voting for the pestilence (D) in government who get rich off of their ignorance).

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