February 19, 2019 | As expected, Governor JB Pritzker signed SB 1 into law. Beginning January 1st, Illinois will quickly begin escalating to a $15.00 minimum wage.

Previous Statements

As passed by the Assembly on February 14, 2019 , SB 1 would amend the Illinois Minimum Wage Law to phase-in the $15 starting wage over five years. The bill is currently waiting Governor Pritzker’s approval. IRMA released the following statement:

On behalf of the retail community, we are disappointed that a readily achievable compromise was not adopted on such an important matter. We thank the many employers who bravely came forward to share their concerns about the specific impacts of this legislation as they asked lawmakers to appreciate the economic diversity of our state,” said Rob Karr, president & CEO, Illinois Retail Merchants Association. “Still, we are hopeful that the failure to embrace genuine and achievable compromise on this legislation is not an indication of further things to come.

Press Conference February 09, 2019

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02/06/19  Daily Line: “Deal struck on minimum wage hike as opponents warn of unintended consequences”

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