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Your Opinion Is Wanted on State’s Minimum Wage

Your Opinion Is Wanted on State’s Minimum Wage

The November ballot will be more of a questionnaire if all of the proposed referendums make it on. The Illinois House has passed Speaker Mike Madigan’s (D-Chicago) proposal to put the minimum wage question – should it rise to $10? – to voters as a non-binding referendum.

This follows the progress – in various stages – of proposals to ask the voters of Illinois whether to reduce the size of the legislature, restrict lawmakers to term limits, crack down on possible voter suppression, change the redistricting process, and more.

“We don’t feel that this would act as a detriment” to the state’s employers, Madigan said. He said he wants Illinois to be a state in which those “at the bottom of the economic stratum can lift themselves up.”

Other bills which are getting some attention are a couple which Gov. Pat Quinn says he is looking forward to signing: one which requires employers to make accommodations for their pregnant employees, and one which would implement AED and CPR training for Illinois high school students.

HB 3814 (min wage referendum) has passed the House, 71-43, and goes to the Senate.
HB 3724 (AED) has passed the Senate, 48-4, and goes to the governor.
HB 8 (pregnancy) has passed the Senate, 57-0, and returns to the House for concurrence.

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