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SPRINGFIELD – Legislation to raise the minimum wage for teachers to $40,000 per year passed the Senate today.

State Senator Michael E. Hastings is a chief co-sponsor of this initiative.

“In the State of Illinois the minimum wage for teachers who have their bachelor’s degree is currently $10,000 per year. This places an unnecessary burden on those who have chosen to dedicate themselves to our kids,” Hastings (D-Tinley Park) said. “Making sure teachers in Illinois earn a living wage is simply the right thing to do.”

Under Senate Bill 10, the state would update the minimum mandated salary for teachers annually over four years, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. The wage would 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;

“If we can offer a competitive salary for teachers we stand a much better chance of retaining some of the top talent in our state,” Hastings said. “If we are truly placing education at the forefront of our priority list we must take care of our teachers. Our students only stand to benefit from this.”

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