SPRINGFIELD – The following statement was released by Senate President John J. Cullerton following the Senate’s passage of Senator Lightford’s legislation to increase the minimum wage:

“Our work is not done. This fall, by an overwhelming majority, Illinoisans voted by a margin of 2 to 1 to increase the minimum wage and Senate Democrats will continue working to get the job done. This state’s voters, workers, and employers agree that no one who works 40 hours a week should have to live in poverty.  We have some additional people to convince but we will continue to advocate for this cause.

I’d like to commend Sen. Lightford on her efforts to raise the minimum wage thus far and will continue standing with her until a minimum wage increase becomes law.”

The legislation is House Bill 4733.