Committee to hold hearings on raising Illinois minimum wage to $10.65

News-DemocratMarch 4, 2014 

State Rep. Jay Hoffman said Tuesday a House committee he heads will hold public hearings on whether to increase Illinois' minimum wage.

Hoffman, D-Swansea, is chairman of the House Labor and Commerce Committee.

"With recent calls to raise Illinois' minimum wage, and similar efforts at the federal level, our committee will hear testimony from economic experts, and allow the public to go on record with their opinions," Hoffman said.

The first hearing is 2 p.m. Wednesday in Room 413 of the Stratton Office Building in Springfield. Hoffman said it will be the first of several public hearings on the issue.

"These hearings are opportunities for folks on all sides of the debate to engage the legislature, and help impact our decisions if a minimum wage bill is called for a vote," Hoffman said.

House Bill 3718, sponsored by Rep. Art Turner, D-Chicago, proposes gradually increasing the state's minimum wage from its current $8.25 per hour to $10.65 per hour by July 2016. Several Chicago-area Democrats have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill, which is not yet formally assigned to a committee.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, in his last two state of the state addresses, has said increasing the state's minimum wage is one of his priorities.

Contact reporter Brian Brueggemann at bbrueggemann@bnd.com or 239-2511.

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