The 15 dollar minimum wage movement is now in writing in Illinois. Chicago based State Representative Will Guzzardi is drafting legislation to boost the state's starting wage to fifteen bucks, although it won't reach the mark until 2022. Guzzardi says the minimum wage is no longer just about summer jobs for young people.
Guzzardi's legislation also offers a cushion for small businesses who will struggle to cough up extra wages.
Under the five year phase in, the minimum wage would jump from $8.25 now to $9 next year. Business groups remain opposed.