The fact that most voters favor raising the minimum wage isn’t swaying some Republican lawmakers. More than two thirds of voters voted “yes” on the ballot question to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour by Jan. 1, but State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) is one of many Republicans in the General Assembly who has opposed such an increase, and she doesn’t believe many minds will be changed by the results of the advisory referendum.
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“Clearly, you need to look at that, but many people, any time you have these large items on the ballot, many of us have certain opinions before we go in, and the people, the constituents we represent, are very aware of our positions.” Rezin’s district covers parts of Putnam, Bureau, LaSalle, Livingston, Grundy, Kendall, and Will counties. In all of those counties, a majority of voters supported raising the minimum wage.
Gov. Pat Quinn says the results of the referendum should make increasing the wage to $10 per hour a priority for lawmakers during the few days they’ll be in Springfield, but Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has said he hopes legislators take no significant action during the veto session.