Minimum Wage

Illinois has recently passed SB1, which is a bill proposed to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for workers 18 and over. Although the increase in minimum wage will not take full effect until 2025. The wage will go up $1.25 every year until we have reached $15. Working teens under 18 will make a little less than adults. The said minimum wage for minors will be raised to $13 an hour.

The reactions to the bill passed on February 15 are both positive and negative. Some people have gone to college or gone through training and are making less than the new raised wage. On the other hand, it will help out single-parent homes and families who do not make enough to get by.

“I think it’s cool that people are getting paid more, but it also means that the price of everything else goes up. By the time it’s to $15 an hour, I won’t even be working a minimum wage job anyway,” said Vanessa Voyles (12)

Many, many years ago, the wages were very different. There was not even a minimum wage. Looking back at the wages in 1919, the average baker would make 35 to 50 cents an hour. Times were very different back then. For instance, you could get gas for 25 cents a gallon.

“When I started working, the minimum wage was $3.25 an hour in 1986. I think the minimum wage needs to go up; it has to go up and continue to climb. I know the experts say this is pretty fast moving from $8.25 to $15,” said Ms. Monique Davis.

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