Kimberly Lighford

Minimum Wage
7:38 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Illinois Lawmakers Say Wage Increase 'Unlikely'

Illinois lawmakers won't consider increasing the state's minimum wage to $11 as they wind down their fall session. 

The Associated Press reports the House Speaker’s spokesman Steve Brown said "complications" made it unlikely for a wage hike to be passed this year.

Sen. Kim Lightford, a Maywood Democrat, is the plan's sponsor.

"We're trying to find a balance to allow for a wage increase, to support the business community, and to keep the city of Chicago thriving."

Chicago passed its own $13-an-hour wage hike yesterday.

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Government
7:33 am
Fri September 14, 2012

CTU Strike Raises Questions About Reform Law

State Senator Kimberly Lightford

The Chicago teachers strike is serving as a test for an education law approved by Illinois lawmakers last year. The statute included a provision that created additional barriers for teachers to walk off the job.

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