Rep. McAuliffe’s Statement on Minimum Wage Vote

Springfield, IL… State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) has released the following statement after the Illinois General Assembly voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 by January 1st, 2025:

“The Illinois House today voted for legislation that will implement an 82% increase in the minimum wage at an unprecedented speed. In less than six years Illinois will have the highest minimum wage in the country; shocking small business owners, consumers, and state and local budgets. I voted no because I do believe in the Illinois worker and believe this bill was well intentioned, but this hurried legislation ignores the numerous unintended negative consequences this will have on our already lagging state economy, our dire state fiscal situation, and our consumers like the seniors who will have to bear the brunt of increased prices on their already strained incomes. “