x
Breaking News
More () »

WQAD.com

Illinois Chamber of Commerce calls for hold on minimum wage increase

The Illinois Chamber of commerce is calling for a hold on the minimum wage hike that takes effect June 1, 2020.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Chamber of commerce is calling for a hold on the minimum wage hike that takes effect July 1, 2020.

RELATED: Start of July brings increase to Illinois minimum wage

"The statewide minimum wage increase is just another burden on small businesses struggling to rehire workers and cut this historic unemployment rate caused by the COVID-19 Recession," Illinois Chamber President and CEO Todd Maisch said.

Illinois’ minimum wage increases to $10 per hour Wednesday, July 1. State officials are reminding workers to make sure their paychecks reflect the change. 

The increase is part of a multi-year plan to bring the minimum wage to $15 by 2025.

The Chamber president says delaying the minimum wage increase would help small businesses recover from the COVID-19 crisis. 

"This statewide wage increase in the face of unprecedented unemployment will ensure more businesses never reopen or rehire," Maisch said.

RELATED: Senate extends Paycheck Protection Program for coronavirus relief