minimum wage http://wuis.org en Madigan Throws Support Behind Raising Minimum Wage http://wuis.org/post/madigan-throws-support-behind-raising-minimum-wage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>House Speaker Michael Madigan says there is "strong support" in the chamber for a hike in Illinois' minimum wage. That's one of the big issues in the governor's race.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Businesses don't like it, but a plan to raise Illinois' minimum wage from $8.25, to $10.65 an hour, is before the General Assembly.</span></p><p>Advocates continue to try to drum up the necessary votes.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:27:53 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22158 at http://wuis.org Madigan Throws Support Behind Raising Minimum Wage Minimum Wage Proposal Clears First Hurdle http://wuis.org/post/minimum-wage-proposal-clears-first-hurdle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A plan to </span><a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=68&amp;GAID=12&amp;DocTypeID=SB&amp;LegId=69166&amp;SessionID=85&amp;GA=98" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">raise the minimum wage</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Illinois has cleared its first legislative hurdle. But as it moves through the General Assembly, it continues to draw criticism from business groups.</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:40:08 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21376 at http://wuis.org Minimum Wage Proposal Clears First Hurdle Gov. Quinn Shops The Gap To Promote Raising Minimum Wage http://wuis.org/post/gov-quinn-shops-gap-promote-raising-minimum-wage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>As legislators who'll have to vote on a minimum wage increase began debating the issue in Springfield, Governor Pat Quinn was in Chicago promoting it.</p><p></p><p>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Quinn has been relentless, lately, about increasing Illinois' minimum wage up from $8.25.</span></p><p>His latest push involved going shopping at The Gap for gifts for his nieces. He invited the media to witness it.</p><p>Quinn paid $77.49 — cash — for three sweaters.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:45:01 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 21660 at http://wuis.org Gov. Quinn Shops The Gap To Promote Raising Minimum Wage Ralliers Demand Minimum Wage Bump http://wuis.org/post/ralliers-demand-minimum-wage-bump <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The battle over raising the minimum wage got lot louder on Wednesday. Several hundred minimum wage workers and union members rallied in the Capitol.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A coalition of unions and activist groups lobbied lawmakers and shared their stories of life on minimum wage.</span></p><p>Rachel Bittenbender is 25 and earning $8.25 an hour. She works just shy of full-time at a fast food restaurant in Dixon, near Rockford.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:56:42 +0000 Hannah Meisel 19786 at http://wuis.org Ralliers Demand Minimum Wage Bump Minimum Wage Debate Moves To Universities http://wuis.org/post/minimum-wage-debate-moves-universities <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The president of Southern Illinois University came out against raising the state's minimum wage on Thursday. President Glenn Poshard says it'd be too big a hit on the school's bottom line.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While the battle for a higher minimum wage brews in Springfield, </span>Poshard<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> warns of casualties in Carbondale and </span>Edwardsville<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Programs at those two campuses, he says, would be hurt in the long run.</span></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:55:35 +0000 Hannah Meisel 19385 at http://wuis.org Minimum Wage Debate Moves To Universities Durbin Disappointed With GOP Governor Candidates http://wuis.org/post/durbin-disappointed-gop-governor-candidates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is criticizing the Republican field of candidates governor for their stances on low-income workers and the unemployed.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's an ongoing battle the Democratic senator is fighting in Congress, mirrored in the race for the governor's mansion: raising the minimum wage.</span></p><p>The four Republican candidates for governor oppose raising the minimum wage in Illinois, which is currently $8.25 an hour.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:57:12 +0000 Hannah Meisel 18683 at http://wuis.org Durbin Disappointed With GOP Governor Candidates Illinois Poverty Remains Stubbornly High http://wuis.org/post/illinois-poverty-remains-stubbornly-high <p>A new study finds Illinois' overall poverty rate is about the same as it was a half century ago. &nbsp;</p><p>The report released Thursday by the Chicago-based Social IMPACT Research Center says almost 15 percent of Illinois residents lived below the federal poverty line in 2012, about the same percentage as in 1960. &nbsp;</p><p>That's despite scores of state and federal aid programs and a dramatic drop in the number of older people in poverty. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:17:39 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 17942 at http://wuis.org Illinois Poverty Remains Stubbornly High Quinn Proposes Modest Agenda; Republicans Warn of Cost http://wuis.org/post/quinn-proposes-modest-agenda-republicans-warn-cost <p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn delivered his sixth State of the State address Wednesday. As Brian Mackey reports, Quinn's speech was pretty much what you'd expect from a man fighting to keep his job despite some of the lowest approval ratings of any governor in America.</p><p>Quinn laid out a list of proposals that seem finely honed to appeal to Democratic voters: increasing the minimum wage, doubling a tax credit for the working poor, and requiring at least two days of sick time for all employees.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 17929 at http://wuis.org Quinn Proposes Modest Agenda; Republicans Warn of Cost State Of The State: Many Promises, No Funding Plan http://wuis.org/post/state-state-many-promises-no-funding-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A hike in the minimum wage, sending more children to preschool and more grants for low-income college students are all part of the agenda Governor Pat Quinn laid out Wednesday in his State of the State address. But critics are already calling it fantasy.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Five years to the day after he first became governor, Pat Quinn tried to make the case that Illinois is "making a comeback."</span></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 01:00:18 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 17925 at http://wuis.org State Of The State: Many Promises, No Funding Plan Gov. Quinn Calls For Minimum Wage Increase http://wuis.org/post/gov-quinn-calls-minimum-wage-increase <p></p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn says raising Illinois' minimum wage is about dignity and decency.&nbsp;</p><p>Quinn reiterated his push Wednesday during his State of the State address. He says he wants to raise the state's $8.25 rate to at least $10 an hour.&nbsp;</p><p>"Our minimum wage workers are doing hard work.&nbsp; They are putting in long hours.&nbsp; Yet in too many instances, they are living in poverty.&nbsp; That's not right.&nbsp; That's not an Illinois value.&nbsp; that's not a fair shake."</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:51:49 +0000 Associated Press & WUIS 17895 at http://wuis.org Gov. Quinn Calls For Minimum Wage Increase Illinois 'State Of The State' Address At Noon Today http://wuis.org/post/illinois-state-state-address-noon-today <p>Governor Pat Quinn gives his sixth State of the State address at noon today in Springfield. It comes in an election year that has Quinn seeking a second full term as governor.</p><p>Quinn has spent a lot of time talking about the state's pension problems in recent years. Now, with a bid for re-election on the line, he's turning to more populist issues, like an increase in the minimum wage.</p><p>Here's Quinn last month: "When we put more purchasing power in the hands of hard-working people, they're not going to admire the money in the bank vault."</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 17852 at http://wuis.org Illinois 'State Of The State' Address At Noon Today Durkin Says Job Creation Should Be Legislature's Focus http://wuis.org/post/durkin-says-job-creation-should-be-legislatures-focus <p>The Illinois House Republican leader says his top priority is legislation meant to reduce unemployment. Jim Durkin’s comments come ahead of Governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State Address Wednesday.</p><p>Illinois’ unemployment rate last month was 8.6 %. That’s down almost a full point from a year ago.&nbsp; But House minority leader Jim Durkin - from Chicago’s southwest suburbs - says it’s still too high.</p><p>"It’s clearly understandable why we have governors from our surrounding states coming into Illinois seeking to poach our good employers, our good job creators," Durkin said.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:55:25 +0000 Sean Crawford 17846 at http://wuis.org Durkin Says Job Creation Should Be Legislature's Focus Durbin Pushing To Extend Unemployment Benefits http://wuis.org/post/durbin-pushing-extend-unemployment-benefits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin continues to push for an extension of unemployment benefits. He says it’ll be the first priority when the U.S. Senate reconvenes next week.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Durbin says 83,000 </span>Illinoisans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-12-30/news/chi-illinois-among-hardest-hit-as-extended-jobless-benefit-vanishes-20131230_1_benefits-program-additional-unemployment-benefits-emergency-program">lost unemployment benefits</a> on January first.</span></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 17280 at http://wuis.org Durbin Pushing To Extend Unemployment Benefits Minimum Wage Is A Campaign Issue http://wuis.org/post/minimum-wage-campaign-issue <p>Raising Illinois' minimum wage has emerged as the first significant campaign issue for candidates hoping to become Illinois' next governor. And it could take center stage throughout the year. &nbsp;<br />Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn says he wants to raise the $8.25 hourly rate to at least $10 by year's end. But a coalition of business groups that worry raising the rate would kill jobs say they'll try to stop the efforts.</p><p>Next month there'll be an Illinois Manufacturer's Association forum where organizers say minimum wage will be a main topic. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:03:37 +0000 Associated Press 16813 at http://wuis.org Minimum Wage Is A Campaign Issue Listen To State Week - January 10, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-january-10-2014 <p></p><p>This week's topics include how the debate over the state's minimum wage may affect the Republican candidates for Governor, and calls for a change of leadership at the state's Department of Corrections.</p><p></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:30:05 +0000 Bob Meyer 16689 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - January 10, 2014 State Miniumum Wage Either Job Booster Or Job Killer http://wuis.org/post/state-miniumum-wage-either-job-booster-or-job-killer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>As he campaigns for re-election, Governor Pat Quinn is renewing a push for a hike in the minimum wage. </p><p>Illinois' $8.25 minimum wage bests the federal rate by a dollar.Gov. Quinn and other Democrats want to raise it higher; the governor's calling it to go up to $10.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 23:48:31 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 15314 at http://wuis.org State Miniumum Wage Either Job Booster Or Job Killer Quinn Again Pushes For Minimum Wage Hike http://wuis.org/post/quinn-again-pushes-minimum-wage-hike <p>Gov. Pat Quinn is again making a push for raising Illinois' minimum wage. &nbsp;<br>The Chicago Democrat has been visiting black churches in the Chicago area as he ramps up his 2014 re-election bid. On Sunday, he told congregants at Missionary Baptist Fellowship Church that helping those who live in poverty is a principle as old as the Bible. &nbsp;<br>Illinois last raised the minimum wage in 2010. &nbsp; Mon, 02 Sep 2013 10:21:21 +0000 Sean Crawford 8226 at http://wuis.org Quinn Again Pushes For Minimum Wage Hike