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Two bills representing $15 on an American flag. The minimum wage will increase to $15 by 2025.

Minimum wage increases in 2022

By Julio Ceja | February 17, 2022

DeKALB- The minimum wage has been raised from $11 to $12 earlier this year, according to a press release posted on The state is also planning to raise the minimum to $15 by 2025.  Illinois hadn’t seen a wage increase since 2010 when...

The Latest: Protesters hound Buttigieg on minimum wage

February 24, 2020

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 Democratic primary contest (all times local):2:55 p.m.Pete Buttigieg has been hounded by protesters during a march with McDonald’s workers in Charleston, South Carolina, who are striking for a $15 minimum...

Virginia emerges as South’s progressive leader under Dems

By ALAN SUDERMAN and SARAH RANKIN | February 15, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a state once synonymous with the Old South, Democrats are using their newfound legislative control to refashion Virginia as the region's progressive leader on racial, social and economic issues. Lawmakers are on the verge of...

Pass/Fail: SA holds courses on sexual prevention; People don’t agree with minimum wage

By Taylor Reese | November 24, 2014

Pass: SA holds courses on sexual preventionThe Student Association sponsored a series of Rape Aggression Defense training sessions, an informative seminar on teaching women self-defense techniques, which end today.These sessions were a great addition...

Minimum wage will hurt students, consumers

By Jeremiah Caterina | April 14, 2014

A survey released earlier this year from Public Policy Polling found 63 percent of voting Illinoisans support the increase. Consider me the minority.One reason I oppose a minimum wage hike is due to the negative effects the increase would likely have...

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivers the State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday in Springfield

Quinn has big plans for students

By Jackie Nevarez | January 30, 2014

Gov. Pat Quinn delivered the State of the State Wednesday, an address filled with ambitious promises to lay the foundation for a better Illinois.His goals, although commendable and attainable, lack crucial elements that would benefit students.Education...

Not all welcome minimum wage changes

By Lark Lewis | November 20, 2013

Some local businesses owners are concerned about the possibility of a statewide minimum wage increase.States like Michigan and Massachusetts are proposing a minimum wage increase, and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has shown some approval of an increase. The...

Raising minimum wage: troubles for businesses, workers

Raising minimum wage: troubles for businesses, workers

By Holly New | September 3, 2013

Fast food workers around the nation decided to strike, asking for $15 an hour, on Thursday.Robert B. Reich, former secretary of labor, said in a petition that McDonald’s and Walmart “can easily afford to pay them $15 an hour without causing...

Raising minimum wage will only hurt employment rate

By Holly New | March 13, 2013

Raising the minimum wage will do more than increase paychecks. According to Eyder Peralta of NPR, President Barack Obama proposed raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour by 2015 in his State of the Union Address on Feb. 12. A little closer to home, according...

Life is all about perspective

By Holly New | November 27, 2012

I am a wealthy individual. Between the three jobs that I juggle, I bring in about $16,000 annually. I barely exceed the poverty line—in the U.S., that is. But what defines poverty depends on where we are talking about. According to a BBC News interactive...

Senior General Studies major Mike Cuddy (left) and Senior
Political Science major Andrew Forbes (right) work at the Village
Commons Bookstore Tuesday afternoon. VCB Workers are paid minimum

Study shows raising minimum wage may help working families

By Felix Sarver | February 14, 2012

Raising the minimum wage in Illinois may help those hardest hit by the recession, a Jan. 30 Economic Policy Institute study (EPI) stated. New jobs, economic growth and increasing income for working families would be possible with high minimum wage, the...