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The Majority Report 11/16/14 - Raising wages, getting acquainted

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Lightford: measure to raise the minimum wage scores big victory on Election Day

Lightford: measure to raise the minimum wage scores big victory on Election Day

On Tuesday, November 4, the voters of Illinois overwhelmingly signaled that they want the General Assembly to raise Illinois' minimum wage. When asked "Shall the minimum wage in Illinois for adults over the age of 18 be raised to $10 per hour by January 1, 2015?" 67% of voters said yes.

"The people have spoken," said Assistant Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (Maywood), who has been fighting to raise the minimum wage for years. "They want us to increase the minimum wage, and they want us to do it soon."

A look at the election results also reveals that increasing the minimum wage has broad support throughout Illinois. Voters in 83 of the state's 102 counties said "yes" to raising the wage, including Cook County and all of its surrounding counties, the counties that house St. Louis' suburbs, and a majority of the border counties.

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Cullerton, Harmon talk veto session, new governor in interviews

Cullerton, Harmon talk veto session, new governor in interviews

With the fall legislative session about to start and a new administration coming to the governor's office, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan met this week with Governor-elect Bruce Rauner. Cullerton also discussed the session and upcoming changes with Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno on WTTW's ‘Chicago Tonight' program.

Cullerton described the meeting with Rauner as cordial and forward looking.

"We talked about process, making sure we'd be communicating with each other and we're going to work together," Cullerton said.

Also this week, Senate President Pro Tempore Don Harmon (Oak Park) appeared on the Sun-Times' Early & Often web video program 'Off Message' to discuss the upcoming fall session and how the Democratic General Assembly will work with a new, Republican governor next year.

Asked about his impression of the meeting of Cullerton, Madigan and Rauner, Harmon said, "They are all professionals, they have been through this before and I have no doubt they'll be able to work together in the best interest of the state. There will be cooperation, there will be confrontation, but everyone knows how this works and I'm looking forward to the prospects."

Watch the videos and read media reports of the meeting:
Chicago Tonight
Sun-Times' Early & Often
Crain's- Rauner, top Dems hold a cordial meeting
Journal Register - Rauner has ‘productive’ meeting with Madigan, Cullerton
Tribune - Rauner, Cullerton, Madigan meeting

 


Illinois research and development investments in US top ten

Illinois research and development investments in US top ten

A report published on ILikeIllinois.com this week from the Illinois Innovation Network says that in 2011, Illinois companies invested more than $10.8 billion in research and development. That puts our state among the top 10 in the nation. Investments in R&D are particularly important as they indicate state and local industries' strong support for innovation, technological advancement and potential growth.

New products and advances often translate into new jobs in high-paying fields. Illinois also ranks well in industry-financed research at our universities. In 2012, Illinois academic institutions invested $2.36 billion in R&D, with $102 million coming from industrial leaders. The majority of that funding went to life sciences research (for example, developing new medicines and vaccines).

 

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Sullivan hosts series of district-wide transportation funding meetings

Sullivan hosts series of district-wide transportation funding meetings

State Senator John Sullivan (Rushville) and the advocacy group Transportation for Illinois Coalition held three meetings across western Illinois this week to discuss improving transportation funding.

The meetings in Quincy, Macomb and Galesburg brought together government officials, business leaders, community groups and labor organizations to cover how to improve roadway maintenance.

 

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