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SPRINGFIELD |The sponsor of minimum-wage legislation in the Illinois Senate is
optimistic the bill she sponsored to raise the wage to ten dollars an hour will make
progress in Springfield this year.
  
State Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood) is also reacting to Republican gubernatorial
candidates' views Bruce Rauner's who pledge to cut the state's $8.25 minimum to the
federal $7.25.
  
“I find it inconsistent that a gentleman who makes millions of dollars a month would
even be able to relate to an individual working for minimum wage with a family and still
has to come to the state because their child is on free or reduced lunch,” Lightford said.
 
State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) has said the unseen hand of the market should
guide the wage. “(If you were to) base the minimum wage on the actual need analysis,
then you would be a little over $11 an hour,” Lightford said. “Well, thank you, Sen.
Dillard, for giving everyone an even higher pay raise.”
  
Lightford, who says she's optimistic of getting enough support, says her own resume
includes minimum-wage jobs as a grocery store cashier and as a concession-stand
worker at the old Kiddieland Amusement Park in Melrose Park.
Lightford on minimum wage
discussion