It could potentially join two other referendums on the November ballot to amend the State Constitution to enact term limits and create non-partisan legislative district drawing in Illinois. Both of those proposals face court challenges.
Polls show increasing the minimum wage is popular overall statewide. A poll cited by the 'Raise Illinois' coalition, which has been formed to push a minimum wage increase, says more than 70% of residents support the increase. A link to the poll on the 'Raise Illinois' website is included below.
So why add an advisory question to the ballot when the legislature could pass a minimum wage increase now? It would appear at the moment the proposal does not have the votes to pass, and so an advisory question on the November ballot could add political pressure to pass a minimum wage increase in Springfield after November.
Raising the minimum wage at the federal level has been an emerging issue as well, with some Republicans joining with Democrats to support it. Those who oppose an increase cite several studies, including one recently by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, which shows raising the minimum wage would lift some families out of poverty, but at the cost of hundreds of thousands of jobs nationwide.
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