Lightford Proposes Minimum Wage Increase | Welch Wants Citizens’ Input on New Bill Proposals

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Friday, January 20, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Kimberly Lightford Head ShotState Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-4th), of Maywood, has proposed a bill that would raise the minimum wage in Illinois, “currently $8.25 an hour, by 50 cents each year until reaching $11 in 2021,” according to a report by the Herald and Review. The House has proposed a bill that “would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by October.”

A 2014 advisory referendum found that more than 60 percent of voters supported raising the adult minimum wage to $10 by Jan. 1, 2015.

Lightford’s bill, the Herald and Review reports, is part of a “bipartisan budget package,” or “grand bargain,” that would include spending cuts, tax increases and new casino licenses, among other features.

The package has the support, so far, of Senate President John Cullerton (D-6th) and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-41st).

“Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate have said lawmakers from both parties will support all the pieces of the package,” the Herald and Review reports.

To read the full Herald and Review article, click here.

Welch Wants Citizens’ Input on New Bill Proposal

Chris Welch in DCState Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (7th), whose district includes all or parts of Maywood, Bellwood and Broadview, wants constituents to provide their ideas for new bill proposals during the new General Assembly that started on Jan. 11.

“Making government more accessible is a top priority of mine,” Welch said in a Jan. 20 statement. “We have the opportunity to work together to improve our community, and a great place to start is brainstorming concepts for new laws.

“Even if it is something that might seem small, such as putting a stop-sign in at an intersection, a lot of people might benefit. I go to Springfield to be your voice, so if you want the law changed, tell me.”

Residents who want to give their input can submit those ideas to Welch’s office by calling 708-450-1000 or emailing

“I look forward to reviewing the new proposals from residents as they come to my office,” Welch said. “I always appreciate constituent feedback and involvement in the democratic process. I hope that anyone with a great idea comes forward and talks to me.” VFP

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