SPRINGFIELD, Dec. 3 — The Illinois House convened without taking up minimum wage hike legislation, essentially leaving the issue behind for the rest of the year.
According to the Springfield Journal-Register, the state Senate was debating a measure this afternoon to raise the minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2019, but Gov. Pat Quinn has said he is unlikley to bring the House back into session. The General Assembly appeared unwilling to take up certain legislation until the swearing-in of new lawmakers and Governor-elect Bruce Rauner.
The current state minimum wage is $8.25 an hour. Chicago decided this week to raise its wage to $13.