Biss05312017600Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) issued the following statement on Senate Bill 81 and his vote on Wednesday, May 31 to raise the Illinois minimum wage to $15:

A $15 minimum wage is a common sense solution that will allow us to invest in our communities and invest in people. I was proud to cosponsor this measure that, if enacted into law, would improve so many lives. This moment represents a huge step forward for the Fight for Fifteen movement, and I thank Sen. Lightford and Rep. Guzzardi for leading this historic effort, as well as the many workers who have fought heroically to make this happen.

Unfortunately Gov. Bruce Rauner continues to fail to articulate any real plans to help low-income workers. Across Illinois, under the Rauner adminstration, communities have been hurting because of a system that works for millionaires and the machine but just isn’t working for the rest of us. Gov. Rauner has failed working people. He has failed low-wage workers. He has failed our state. But he now has an opportunity to take a step forward for workers across the state. He should sign this legislation, and let Illinois be a leader in securing a living wage for all workers.

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