Bennett Min WageSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) released the following statement after the Senate voted to approve legislation that will raise the minimum wage in Illinois to $15 per hour over the course of six years:

“Since the day I was sworn in to the Senate, I have pledged to do all I can to help make lives easier for families across Champaign and Vermilion Counties. By increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 for the majority of workers, we are achieving the goal of lifting working families up to improve their quality of life.

“Workers with full-time jobs should never be forced to live in poverty. Minimum wage workers are employed in many of the service jobs that are vital to the care of the most vulnerable and in jobs that serve the public. They deserve a fair wage that respects the work they do in service to others.

“Putting the minimum wage on a clear and responsible path toward $15 an hour will provide Illinois’ hardest workers with dignity, fairness and stability.”

The legislation is Senate Bill 1. Having passed the Senate, it moves to the House for consideration.

 

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