Ill.: Minimum Wage for State Contractors and Subcontractors Raised


By SHRM Online staff January 23, 2015

As one of his last acts in office, former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed an executive order raising the minimum wage requirements for state contractors and subcontractors to $10 per hour.

Effective Jan. 12, 2015, all contracts awarded by a state agency must include a requirement that the winning contractor and all of its subcontractors must pay a minimum hourly wage of $10 to all employees subject to a minimum wage. In addition, all solicitations issued by a state agency must include the new minimum wage requirement, and all pending solicitations must be amended to include the new requirement. However, if a home rule municipality has a minimum wage in excess of $10 per hour, prospective vendors and their subcontractors must pay the higher minimum wage.

The preamble of the executive order stated that Illinoiscurrent minimum wage of $8.25 per hour is “insufficient to provide a living wage.” It also noted that in the most recent general election, when asked in an advisory question, Illinois voters supported increasing the hourly minimum wage to $10 per hour. The Chicago City Council recently approved a city ordinance to raise the minimum wage from $8.25 per hour to $10 per hour by next July, with incremental increases to $13 per hour by July 1, 2019.


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