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Would You Vote to Raise the Minimum Wage in Illinois?

Lawmakers may put the question to you in an advisory referendum. What do you think? Does $10 an hour sound fair?

This week, McDonald's workers from around the country marched on the fast-food giant's Oak Brook headquarters to demand a hike in hourly pay.

Many are paid their state's minimum wage. In Illinois, that's $8.25 an hour.

While McDonald's workers are seeking an increase to $15 an hour, voters might be asked in November whether the minimum wage in Illinois should be raised to $10 an hour.

Earlier this week, the Illinois House passed a bill that would put an advisory referendum on your ballot. The Senate will vote next.

If voters approve and lawmakers follow suit, such a move would have an impact not only on global corporate giants such as McDonald's but on locally owned, small-town businesses, too.

» Related: No Big Macs, No Fries, Make Our Wage Supersize

Illinois has the fifth-highest minimum wage in the United States. New Jersey, Nevada and Washington, D.C., also require an hourly minimum wage of $8.25. Oregon, Connecticut, Vermont and Washington state mandate a higher minimum wage.

According to Capitol Fax, four Republicans supported the House bill to put the issue to voters directly and three Democrats opposed it:

  • The Republican reps:  John Anthony, R-Plainfield; John Cabello, R-Machesney Park; C.D. Davidsmeyer, R-Jacksonville; Michael McAuliffe, R-Chicago.
  • The Democrats: Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills; Jack Franks, D-Marengo;  Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton.

Michael McAuliffe, the Republican who reps the northwest side of Chicago and nearby north suburbs, told the Chicago Sun-Times: "There’s a lot of people that are unemployed — young and also a lot of seniors. When they go into the job market, sometimes they’re denied good-paying jobs, and all they have, the only jobs that are available, are the ones at minimum wage. A lot of seniors are still trying to make ends meet and for me I feel it’s a good fit for them."

ChicagoBusiness.com put together a timeline of key dates in the minimum wage debate. Here are a few worth noting:

» Related: See more key dates at ChicagoBusiness.com

This poll is shared on all Patch Chicago sites

Your Turn: What do you think? Would you vote yes or no? If you're a business owner, how would this impact your business?




stanley seigler June 02, 2014 at 01:42 PM
Independence666 May 31, 2014 at 09:59 PM SEZ: Another very good read is "The Science of Success" by Charles Koch. It explains Market Based Management, which is the philosophy Koch Industries uses to run its companies. ____________________________________________________ +++ agree >> believe all agree kochs are most astute business men and one would do well do follow their advice if they want to run a successful enterprise >> and they do admirable charitable works. ____________________________________________________ +++ re: "It puts the Koch's boogie man reputation to rest once and for all" ____________________________________________________ +++ sadly the book does nothing to put the boogie man to rest >> it does nothing to explain their attempt buy america ... to buy politicians/legislation favorable to their companies' profit ... does nothing to explain their legislation (written by ALEC) to suppress minority voting ... does nothing to explain why they oppose healthcare insurance for the uninsured ...
stanley seigler June 02, 2014 at 01:52 PM
Independence666 May 31, 2014 at 10:00 PM SEZ: "Stanley, why do you format things so strangely?" REPEATING: ____________________________________________________ +++ stanley seigler May 30, 2014 at 11:06 AM @r.keane, apologies for the annoyance ... I have a vision issue and my old computer wont zoom text in the comment section ... it's difficult for me to follow typed text w/o some kinda separation ... any suggestions welcome!
stanley seigler June 04, 2014 at 01:55 AM
Bill Davis May 30, 2014 at 09:40 PM your numbers are wrong... all private sector jobs lost starting in 2008 (Bush) have been recovered... in fact an additional 406,000 ...the most in US History ____________________________________________________ +++ anyone recall when cloudy's numbers havent been wrong? >> but seems the christian/right thing to do to give him-she the attention he-she pathologically craves and possibly has missed most of his-her life >> and heshe is a peach providing straight lines that allows facts to be posted for open minded folks to evaluate.
stanley seigler June 04, 2014 at 07:16 AM
Independence666 June 01, 2014 at 11:12 AM SEZ: " Are you [stanley] seriously implying that wiping out a huge number of citizens [i666's hyperbolic impression of legal abortion], in an effort to reduce the crime rate, is a progressive thing to do? Sounds more like genocide to me" ____________________________________________________+++ not implying anything, just quoting from a GOP suggested 'freakonomics'. [read the book] +++ tho, it seems logical, legal abortion would contribute to a reduction in crime >> but doubt progressives (DEM/GOPs) advocate legal abortion b/c it serendipitously reduces crime >> ____________________________________________________+++ abortion should be a choice made by the woman in consultation with her doc and her God. progressives advocate choice, LEGAL abortion, to prevent a dangerous backroom procedure that could cause psychical harm and maybe death to a woman who prayerfully chooses an abortion >> she already has more than enough mental anguish from wrestling with the decision and having to live a lifetime with her decision. ____________________________________________________+++ ,it is certainly NOT genocide.
stanley seigler June 06, 2014 at 08:02 AM
$15/hr min wage ____________________________________________________ +++ How A Millionaire, A Socialist, And Some Taco Bell Workers Brought A Living Wage To Seattle < http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/06/05/3445102/seattle-minimum-wage-deal-socialist-millionaire-workers/?elq=~~eloqua..type--emailfield..syntax--recipientid~~&elqCampaignId=~~eloqua..type--campaign..campaignid--0..fieldname--id~~ > ____________________________________________________ +++ By Alan Pyke June 5, 2014 When Mayor Ed Murray (D) signed a bill that gradually raises Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 an hour on Tuesday, his choice of location seemed to reflect the complex and cooperative process that produced the document he was signing. ____________________________________________________ +++ goto link for rest of the story.

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