A bill to delay the rise in the Illinois minimum wage by six months was introduced May 19 in the General Assembly.
Under the bill (S.B. 3988), the increase in the hourly minimum wage to $10 would be delayed to Jan. 1 from July 1. Subsequent scheduled minimum-wage increases would be delayed by one year, with the wage reaching $15 in 2026 rather than in 2025. an hou, under the bill. So, the state’s minimum wage would reach $15 in 2026, rather than 2025, as planned.
The bill is under review by a senate committee.
Request to delay the increase because of the coronavirus pandemic were make to Ptirzker by Rep. Charles Meier (R) on April 16 and the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association on April 14.
Illinois is one of several states, including California and Virginia, where delays to scheduled minimum-wage increases have been requested or enacted related to the financial hardships cause by the pandemic.