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Minimum Wage Ballot Measure Headed to Quinn's Desk

Updated: Friday, May 30 2014, 03:53 PM CDT
ILLINOIS -- Should the state increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour? You may have a chance to weigh in this fall.

A proposal that would put a referendum question on the November ballot is headed to Gov. Pat Quinn's desk. The Chicago Democrat has said he supports the increase.

The referendum would be non-binding, meaning no matter how Illinois residents vote, lawmakers must still take action before the hike is official.

Some lawmakers have said they wanted to use this ballot measure as a way of gauging public support.

"So you might find that after this November election--for members who may not be comfortable with the vote because you have businesses pulling you in a very different direction--you might find that our real bosses, the people who elected us to be here, are wanting and needing a minimum wage increase," Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D - Westchester) said.

Republican opponents say the referendum is an election-year gimmick. One of those against the idea, Republican Sen. Jim Oberweis, says lawmakers have other wage increase proposals available, specifically citing his own, which would raise the minimum wage for anyone older than 26. Minimum Wage Ballot Measure Headed to Quinn's Desk
Minimum Wage Ballot Measure Headed to Quinn's Desk


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