Governor Rauner Vetoes Plan For Minimum Wage Hike

August 26, 2017
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Chicago.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Chicago.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a plan to increase Illinois' minimum wage to $15 over five years.

The state's minimum wage is $8.25. The proposal would raise it incrementally until 2022. The plan also includes a tax credit for some small businesses.

Proponents say it's the best chance to raise wages and improve living conditions for many Illinoisans. Opponents include business groups who say it'll have an adverse impact on job creators.

In his veto message issued Friday, the Republican governor says Illinois needs comprehensive solutions to grow the economy and jobs.

He's previously said he'd support a minimum wage increase in conjunction with other regulatory changes.

One bill sponsor, Rep. Will Guzzardi of Chicago, says the governor put big business over working people.

"There’s millions of people in this state who could’ve seen their income go up if the governor had signed this bill and he chose instead to protect the profits of big business at their expense," Guzzardi told WBEZ's Tony Arnold.

Guzzardi says he'll attempt to override the governor's veto, but that’s an uphill climb because it did not pass with enough votes to override.

Story source: AP