Minimum wage increase takes effect during pandemic


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA)– Minimum wage just went up in Illinois today. Workers are now set to be paid at least 10 dollars an hour. While that is good news for employees, businesses owners said it’s making an already difficult time even harder.

Proposed fair tax amendment debated during St. Charles Chamber discussion


ST. CHARLES – Voters in November will decide whether to replace the state’s flat-rate income tax with a graduated rate structure. During a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce's Legislative Committee hosted a discussion on the issue in conjunction with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

Number of unemployed Illinois workers jumps 280%


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit Illinois workers hard. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) says the number of unemployed workers increased by 280% in April compared to March -- a new record high.