Expect to hear more about an increased minimum wage – for the nation, for Illinois, or for both. Illinois has an $8.25 hourly minimum, a $1 more than the national minimum. One of the latest installments of this saga has State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) suggesting a two-tiered wage, phasing in a $10 minimum wage for people age 26 and over. Everybody else would make no less than $8.25.
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Oberweis is not only a state senator; he’s the Republicans’ nominee against incumbent U. S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). Durbin calls $8.25 “sub-minimum” and says Oberweis, whose business holdings include an investment brokerage and a dairy, ought to spend more time with people less fortunate and find out how they live.