The Illinois House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday night which would increase the minimum salary for teachers to $40,000 a year.
House Bill 2018 passed on a 79-31 vote. The increase would be phased in over five years.
The bill passed the General Assembly last year, but was vetoed by former Governor Bruce Rauner.
The bill is supported by the Illinois Education Association.
“Our ultimate goal is to make sure the students in our state have qualified, caring teachers working with them on a daily basis,” said Kathi Griffin, president of the Illinois Education Association. “We have done focus groups to see what’s keeping our youth from going into the profession, and they tell us they respect teachers but want to earn a decent living. It’s the salary. This bill will help.”
About 8,000 of the state’s 130,000 teachers make less than $40,000 a year, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.
Currently, the minimum wage for teachers is $10,000 a year, or $11,000 for those with a master’s degree.
The bill now heads to the Senate.