Illinois Governor signs measure Hiking the state minimum wage to $15

Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker, left, and Illinois Lieutenant Gov. Juliana Stratton, right, are acknowledged on the House floor at the Illinois State Capitol, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in Springfield, Ill. Illinois lawmakers quickly went to deliver one of the Pritzker’s top election pledge required, a gradual hike in the statewide minimum wage from $8.25 to $15 per hour, more than double the numbers of the ground that most of its Midwestern neighbors. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)

Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker has signed a measure that gradually, the state minimum wage to $15 Hiking for an hour up to 2025, the highest in the Midwest.

It was one of the new Democratic Governor’s top campaign promise. He signed the six-year plan on Tuesday in the Governor’s Mansion.

“For nine long years there were many forces to the contrary, what a boost to the people who work so hard to provide, home care for the elderly, care for small children, the washing, the dishes in the diner, and the farm, in our fields,” said Pritzker, according to the Chicago Tribune. “Today is a victory for the cause of economic justice.”


Illinois is on the way to the first state in the Midwest to push his base minimum wage to $15. The pay jump will be increased from $8.25 to $1. Jan. 1, and jumps to $10 on July 1, 2020. Then, it will be $1 increases. Jan. 1 up to the year 2025.

Currently, there are an estimated 1.4 million Illinois residents is less than $15 per hour.

Business groups, who are against the plan. You wanted a longer phase-in, and a regionalised approach with a lower minimum wage for areas outside of Chicago

Pritzker noted, there are payroll tax credits in the law to facilitate the transition for the employer.


The motion is opposed by the state Republican party, on Tuesday called the minimum wage, the signing of “only the beginning of J. B. Pritzker-the war on the taxpayer and small businesses.”

“This is just the beginning of J. B. Pritzker-the war on the taxpayer and small businesses,” Illinois Republican party Chairman Tim Schneider said in a statement. “Almost a doubling of the minimum wage entry-level jobs, higher prices for consumers, and the bust budgets, destroy each level of government. Pritzker pledged different rules and listen to all parties and interest groups, but this proved to be meaningless words.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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