State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) released the below statement following the Senate vote on Senate Bill 1, which would increase Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 statewide over six years.
“Businesses and non-profit social service organizations agree: an aggressive one-size-fits-all minimum wage for a state as economically diverse as ours will lead to fewer jobs for the poor and unskilled and serve as another incentive to move business out of state. Rather than being a leg up, this proposal will result in increased automation, decreased service and countless layoffs.
“The business and non-profit communities offered to negotiate a workable solution, but that has so far been rejected in favor of politics. If the majority doesn’t want to further bankrupt the state and accelerate the exodus, it should be reconsidered.”