Peoria Public Radio News


Jun 13, 2019 SPRINGFIELD -- Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Democrats who control the General Assembly passed a flurry of major legislation in the closing days of this year’s legislative session. State Rep. Jehan-Gordon Booth (D-Peoria) said lawmakers were highly productive this year. “This legislative session was historic. The Illinois General Assembly, in over a hundred years, have never worked on this many groundbreaking issues successfully - in one year," she said. "This year was absolutely historic. We’ve never had a year this significant, at least in my tenure being in the legislature.” Some of the major legislation passed includes raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, passing a $45 billion capital bill for infrastructure improvements and offering the voters a chance to amend the Illinois Constitution to shift the state to a graduated income tax. She says that many of the progressive ideas passed this session are nothing new, but ultimately required needed votes in the legislature

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