001collinsState Senator Jacqueline Collins issued the following statement today after voting for Senate Bill 1, would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025.

“A working family should not need to be on food stamps in order to survive,” Collins said. “Economists argue that by the measure of Americans' productivity – their output and real accomplishments while at work – the minimum wage should now be more than $19 per hour. To afford the average rent on a two-bedroom apartment in Illinois requires a wage of nearly $21 per hour. This is just a step toward achieving sustainability for Illinois families that doesn’t come at the expense of taxpayers.”

Illinois’ current minimum wage is $8.25 per hour, low enough that a single parent working a full-time minimum-wage job qualifies for food stamps, Medicaid and often housing assistance.

The increase under Senate Bill 1 will mean the minimum wage for workers who receive tips would increase to $9 per hour by 2025.

Senate Bill 1 would increase the minimum wage according to the following incremental schedule:

  • $9.25 per hour on Jan. 1, 2020
  • $10 per hour on July 1, 2020
  • $11 per hour on Jan. 1, 2021
  • $12 per hour on Jan. 1, 2022
  • $13 per hour on Jan. 1, 2023
  • $14 per hour on Jan. 1, 2024
  • $15 per hour after Jan. 1, 2025

Having passed the Senate 39-18, the measure now heads to the Illinois House for consideration.

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Chicago, IL 60620
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Springfield Office:
M114 Capitol
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-1607

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