“Those who once had no hope of turning their hard work into a comfortable living may now feel a little more at ease
paying their bills and supporting their children."
- State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights)

Raising wages, helping familiesSPRINGFIELD – After a majority of Illinoisans voted in favor of an increase this past November in the state’s minimum wage, the Illinois Senate voted today to make their will the law of the land.

“Yes, we have increased the minimum wage by a set dollar amount, but we must not let this victory prohibit us from continuing to look for ways to provide relief for working families across this state,” Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said. “Those who once had no hope of turning their hard work into a comfortable living may now feel a little more at ease paying their bills and supporting their children.”

Senate Bill 11, co-sponsored by Senator Hutchinson, passed the Senate today, increasing the wage to $9.00 this July and by $0.50 each year until 2019 when the wage would reach $11.00. The proposal also includes a three-year tax credit for employers with fewer than 50 employees, lessening the burden for smaller businesses throughout the state.

While the Senate passed a similar proposal in December, the House did not take up the legislation. Senate Bill 11 now moves to the Illinois House for further debate.

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