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Higher Minimum Wage, Gas Tax Increase Among New Laws

Jul 1, 2020

July 1 marks the start of a new fiscal year in Illinois.  It also means several new laws take effect.  Here is a rundown of some of those:

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage is going up in the state.  Workers across most of Illinois will see a boost in their pay to $10 per hour. That is up .75 cents from the bump they received the first of the year.  Those making minimum wage will continue to see annual hikes of a buck per hour each January until the hourly minimum hits $15.

Illinois Road Projects Could Suffer Due To COVID-19

May 8, 2020

There may be fewer road construction projects and repairs around Illinois in the coming year as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

It started with the governor’s stay-at-home-order in late March.   Since then, fewer motorists have been hitting the roads. 

Illinoisans will soon pay more for gasoline and cigarettes. Those are just two tax increases needed to pay for a $45 billion infrastructure plan, which includes money from sports betting and additional casinos.

Galesburg Begins Budget Process

Nov 6, 2014
T.J. Carson

Galesburg is considering whether to implement new and increased fees to make up for a projected budget shortfall.

Around the Region

Feb 27, 2014

A quick look at news from around the tri-state region.

Galesburg Chamber Survey Negative on Gas Tax Hike

Oct 2, 2013
Rich Egger

The Galesburg City Council brought up the idea of increasing the gas tax in a work session.
That spurred the Galesburg chamber of Commerce to send out an email survey to gauge support for the measure.

Possible Gas Tax Hike in Galesburg

Sep 26, 2013
http://www.ci.galesburg.il.us

Galesburg may hike its gasoline tax to pay for road and infrastructure repairs. The Galesburg Chamber of Commerce is reaching out to see what the public thinks with an email survey.

Lawmakers could increase Iowa’s fuel tax.

Jan 16, 2012

Two Southeast Iowa lawmakers believe the state’s fuel tax will eventually increase.

State Senator Gene Fraise (D-Lee County) and State Representative Jerry Kearns (D-Keokuk) do not foresee an increase during an election year.

The two recently spoke to members of the Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce during a legislative luncheon.

Fraise says a proposal gaining support in Des Moines would increase the fuel tax by four cents/year for two years.

It would take effect next year.