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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

$15 an Hour Passes the Illinois Legislature

Feb 18, 2019

The Illinois House of Representatives passed a state-wide $15 an hour minimum wage on Valentine’s Day. The state’s newly seated billionaire governor, J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, is expected to sign it into law.

Of course, $15 an hour is not a living wage–it is not enough for a young person to live independently, or afford to buy a decent car, much less pay for childcare or otherwise raise a family–especially in an expensive city like Chicago. And then, this $15 an hour doesn’t take effect ... until 2025, six years from now!

The Democrats now completely control Illinois government. And this is the best they can offer to the workers who voted for them–a billionaire’s trickle-down theory.