During the spring legislative session, three advisory referendums were also approved.
Since these measures were purely advisory, it is possible that legislation to address these issues may be introduced in the near future.
1) Minimum Wage: This advisory question, which was placed on the ballot by P.A. 98-691/HB 105, asked if Illinois’ minimum wage should be raised to $10 an hour by January 2015. Though proposals to increase the minimum wage have been introduced in previous years, a vote on this controversial issue was deferred until after the fall general election. The latest legislation to call for an increase in the minimum wage is Senate Bill 68, which would incrementally increase the minimum wage in Illinois to $10.65 by 2016.
2) Contraception Mandate: This advisory question, which was placed on the ballot by P.A. 98-696/HB 5755, asked if prescription contraceptives should be covered under health insurance plans that cover prescription medication. This question was introduced in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case. The Supreme Court ruled some employers do not have to provide contraception coverage as part of their employees’ health insurance plan if such coverage violates the employers’ religious beliefs. However, Illinois law has already required contraceptive coverage since 2003.
3) Millionaire Tax: This advisory question, which was placed on the ballot by P.A. 98-794/HB 3816, asked voters if the state constitution should be amended to impose an additional 3% income tax on incomes greater than $1 million for the purpose of directing that additional funding to Illinois school districts.