The Illinois House (Thursday)voted 69-46 to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour within six years. State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst of Kankakee and others voted against Senate Bill 1, saying it's an unfunded mandate that'll cost the state and hurt businesses.
“Illinois is unfriendly to job creators. Illinois’ excessive workers compensation insurance, high taxes, and highest minimum wage in the region, damages and degrades our business climate, Parkhurst said.
Parkhurst said, "I am disappointed Democrats continue the assault on Illinois’ small businesses by passing the minimum wage hike with no negotiation and no input from the Republicans. They simply passed the bill from the Senate without entertaining Republican concerns or suggestions for amendments. This incremental wage increase results in an 82% increase in labor costs for businesses. Inevitably, stores will close, jobs will be lost, prices will increase, and those who Democrats intend to help will only be hurt. History supports this result as this happened in Illinois when it increased the minimum wage in 2010 from $7.25 per hour to $8.25 per hour.