Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Vetoes Plan For Minimum Wage Hike

llinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Chicago.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks during a news conference in Chicago on July 5, 2017. G-Jun Yam / Associated Press
llinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Chicago.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks during a news conference in Chicago on July 5, 2017. G-Jun Yam / Associated Press

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Vetoes Plan For Minimum Wage Hike

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a plan to increase Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 over five years.

The state’s minimum wage is $8.25. The proposal would raise it incrementally until 2022. The plan also includes a tax credit for some small businesses.

Proponents said it’s the best chance to raise wages and improve living conditions for many Illinoisans. Opponents include business groups who say it’ll have an adverse impact on job creators.

In his veto message issued Friday, the Republican governor said Illinois needs comprehensive solutions to grow the economy and jobs.

He’s previously said he’d support a minimum wage increase in conjunction with other regulatory changes.

One bill sponsor, Rep. Will Guzzardi of Chicago, said he’ll seek an override of Rauner’s veto.