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Jim Oberweis addresses supporters after winning the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. (Chris Martinez/CBS)

Oberweis Pitches His Own Minimum Wage Plan

State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), who is challenging U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin in the November election, has reversed his stance on the minimum wage, and unveiled his own plan to raise it to $10 per hour over three years for adult workers.

04/10/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Quinn Again Slams Rauner As ‘Heartless’ On Minimum Wage Stance

Gov. Pat Quinn wasn’t letting up Thursday in his attacks on Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, continuing to make the venture capitalist’s vast wealth an issue in the race for governor.

03/21/2014

Actor Martin Sheen (at podium) joined Gov. Pat Quinn (right) and community activists in calling for state lawmakers to increase the minimum wage in Illinois. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Gets Help From Martin Sheen In Push For Minimum Wage Hike

Actor Martin Sheen, Gov. Pat Quinn, and community activists gathered in the basement of St. Pius V Church at 1919 S. Ashland Av., where they urged the Illinois General Assembly to increase the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 to at least $10 an hour.

03/13/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers Begin Hearings In Push For Higher Minimum Wage

The House Labor & Commerce Committee heard testimony Wednesday from supporters of increasing the minimum wage in Illinois beyond the current $8.25.

03/06/2014

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Truax (Truax Campaign)

Republican U.S. Senate Hopeful: Let Cost Of Living Determine Minimum Wage

Downers Grove Businessman Doug Truax is in the Republican primary, seeking to square off against Democrat Dick Durbin in the general election.

01/31/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Gov. Quinn Says He’s Worked To ‘Rebuild Illinois’

Gov. Pat Quinn focused on ways to create jobs and trumpeted his accomplishments with election-year flair Wednesday in an annual speech that fell on the five-year anniversary of when lawmakers booted his predecessor, now imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, from office.

01/29/2014

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner. (Credit: CBS)

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Tries To Explain Flip-Flop On Minimum Wage Hike

The issue of a minimum wage hike tripped up Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner on Thursday, as he declared his previous support for cutting Illinois’ minimum wage a “mistake” and said he would now do the opposite: support raising it.

01/09/2014

Money

Referendum On Minimum Wage Increase To Appear On Primary Ballots

The minimum wage will be the subject of a referendum question on the March 18 primary ballot in more than 100 Chicago precincts.

01/07/2014

Fast food workers and others who make minimum wage protest outside the McDonald's in the Ukrainian Village, demanding a $15-per-hour federal minimum wage. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Minimum Wage Workers Picket For Better Pay

Several protests have been scheduled for Thursday in Chicago, as part of a nationwide demonstration in favor of a higher federal minimum wage.

12/05/2013

Hundreds of fast food and retail workers gathered outside the Rock N Roll McDonald's in Chicago on Aug. 29, 2013, as part of a one-day strike to demand a wage of at least $15 per hour. (Credit: CBS)

Fast Food, Retail Workers Stage One-Day Strike For Higher Wages

A couple hundred fast food and retail workers chanted “we can’t survive on $8.25” as they rallied outside and inside the Rock N Roll McDonald’s in the River North neighborhood.

08/29/2013

Money

Protesters Call For Increasing Minimum Wage

Nearly 150 people picketed outside a Little Village car wash, a Chatham Walmart and a Streeterville restaurant, demanding an increase in the minimum wage.

07/24/2013

Workers protest poor wages outside a McDonald's on the North Side. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM Newsadio)

Fast-Food Workers Protest Poor Wages

Fast-food and retail workers are taking to the streets in Chicago on Wednesday to protest poor wages.

04/24/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn stands with Katrina Markoff, owner of Vosges Haut-Chocolat, to announce a state loan to help her company expand. Quinn and Markoff also defended the governor's plan to raise the state's minimum wage to $10 per hour.

Governor Defends Plan To Hike Minimum Wage To $10 Per Hour

Gov. Pat Quinn got some help Thursday morning as he defended his plan to increase the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour over the next four years.

WBBM Newsradio–02/07/2013

North Michigan Avenue. (Credit: Greater North Michigan Avenue Association)

Union Supporters Protest Illinois Minimum Wage

Union supporters took to the streets today to demand an increase in the state’s minimum wage.

12/22/2012

Cash Register

Think Tank Cautions Against Raising State’s Minimum Wage

A pro-business think tank was warning that a legislative proposal to raise the minimum wage in Illinois would do more harm than good.

CBS Chicago–11/13/2012

(File Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

UIC Study: Car Wash Workers Are Victims Of Routine Wage Theft

Chicago car wash workers are trying to organize a union and are the subject of new research that finds their employers routinely steal from them.

WBBM Newsradio–09/20/2012

Mitt and Ann Romney (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Opinion: Romney’s Middle Class Economic Plan: Work More, Make Less

Mitt Romney’s economic plan basically says if you make $22.50 an hour with benefits, you make too much money; and if you make $22.5 million, then you pay too much in taxes.

09/03/2012

Illinois State Capitol

State Senate Committee Approves Minimum Wage Hike

The Illinois State Senate Executive Committee has approved a plan to increase the state’s minimum wage, and let it increase automatically in the future.

CBS Chicago–05/17/2012

Dollar Bills

State Senators Push For $10 Minimum Wage

A group of Illinois Senate Democrats has introduced a proposal that would gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to more than $10 an hour, the highest minimum wage in the nation.

CBS Chicago–02/11/2011