120314 js 0876After legislation to raise Illinois' minimum wage passed the Illinois Senate, Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford, its sponsor, issued the following statement:

"On November 4, 67 percent of Illinois voters told us they wanted a minimum wage of at least $10 per hour. In the Illinois Senate, we respect the will of the people, and we voted to raise the wage. I hope my colleagues in the House will join us.

"I'm happy that our action at the state level gave Chicago the push it needed to raise the wage, but there are still thousands of workers in the rest of the state toiling at minimum wage jobs to make ends meet. I intend to keep fighting to raise the wage until everyone who works 40 hours per week makes a living wage."

House Bill 4733, which gradually raises Illinois' minimum wage to $11 per hour over the next four years, passed the state Senate with a vote of 39-18-1.

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State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford advanced her plan out of a key Senate Committee today. It is poised for a vote in the full Senate.

"We need to raise the minimum wage now," Lightford said. "The time for waiting and negotiating is over. The voters told us they believe the minimum wage should be a living wage. No one who works 40 hours per week should be homeless or rely on government handouts – not in the wealthiest country in the world."

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County map of minimum wage voteUpdate: Listen to Sen. Lightford discuss the minimum wage on WBBM.

On Tuesday, November 4, the voters of Illinois overwhelmingly signaled that they want the General Assembly to raise Illinois' minimum wage. When asked "Shall the minimum wage in Illinois for adults over the age of 18 be raised to $10 per hour by January 1, 2015?" 67% of voters said yes.

"The people have spoken," said State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford, who has been fighting to raise the minimum wage for years. "They want us to increase the minimum wage, and they want us to do it soon."

 

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On October 30, State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford hosted a lunch for the members of the Maywood Senior Club. She discussed issues that affect seniors with the 80 older adults who attended.

Maywood Senior Club

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