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New law increases teacher minimum wage

8/22/2019, 10:26 p.m.
Legislation to raise the minimum wage for teachers to $40,000 per year over the next five years was signed into ...

Legislation to raise the minimum wage for teachers to $40,000 per year over the next five years was signed into law. State Senator Michael E. Hastings was a cosponsor on this initiative as it made its way through the Senate.

"Teachers deserve to earn a living wage regardless of where they live across our state. I personally know teachers that take money out of their own pockets to decorate classrooms and purchase supplies," Hastings (D-Tinley Park) said. "I'm proud to be able to say that we're acting on behalf of the selfless men and women who we are entrusting with our children's wellbeing."

Under House Bill 2078, the state will update the minimum mandated salary for teachers annually over four years, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. The wage will be raised incrementally to:

  • $32,076 for the 2020-2021 school year;

  • $34,576 for the 2021-2022 school year;

  • $37,076 for the 2022-2023 school year; and

  • $40,000 for the 2023-2024 school year;

"With this legislation, we're sending a message to prospective teachers in and around our state that Illinois is ready to offer a stable living situation for these dedicated individuals," Hastings said.