O'Fallon Weekly February 13, 2019

Wednesday February 13, 2019 OTHS honors 2018-19 Walk of Fame inductees Page 12 Vol. 4, No. 43 $1.00 City Parks & Rec Department: Minimum wage increase "will affect everything" By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - A vote to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour has moved to the Illinois House of Representatives after passing in the Senate on Thur- sday, Feb. 7, and the director of one of the city’s largest de- partments is worried about the consequences. The current proposal would phase- in the increase over six ye- ars, starting with an increase from $8.25 to $9.25 an hour on Jan. 1, 2020 before increasing to $10 an hour on July 1, 2020 and $11 an hour on Jan. 1, 2021. After that, it would increase by $1 every year until it hits $15 in 2025. The last minimum wage increa- se in Illinois took place in 2006, raising the minimum wage to $8.25 by 2010. Senator Kimberly Lightford has been working to increase it further since 2011. The current Illinois minimum wage of $8.25 per hour amounts to $16,500 per year for full time employees. At $15 per hour, full time employees would make approximately $31,200 per year. The minimum wage proposal In This Edition Calendar..................................................2 News................................................... 3-6 Law & Order............................................7 Education.............................................. 8-9 Health & Wellness ���������������������������������� 11 Sports................................................12-13 Community............................................. 14 Milestones.............................................. 15 Vantage Point......................................... 16 Lifestyle.................................................. 17 Fun & Games.......................................... 18 Marketplace........................................... 19 Bon Appétit............................................20 passed in the Senate in a 39-18 vote and will now move to the House, where Democrats have a super majority. Mary Jeanne Hutchison, O’Fallon Parks and Recreation Director, said the O’Fallon orga- nization will be severely affected by the proposed $15 minimum wage. As Parks and Recreation employs mostly teens and young adults, Hutchison said the wage increase would impact nearly the entire workforce, except for a See “Minimum Wage” on page 6 The cost for programs such as summer camp and athletics will have to increase under a $15 minimum wage, which impacts nearly the entire Parks and Rec Department workforce. (Submitted Photo) O'Fallon committee discusses changing rules for charity drives held in busy intersections By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - The Public Safety Committee had discussion Monday night regarding restrictions for charity fundraising roadblocks in O’Fallon. Charity fundraising roadblocks are typically held at the intersection of Lincoln and State Street, with some organizations also requesting an additional roadblock at the intersection of Smiley and State Street. Volunteers with various charitable organizations will stand with buckets in the center of each street, collecting donations from residents and visitors that travel throu- gh these intersections. The current city ordinance restricts charitable organizations allowed to solicit at the intersections to ones either based in the city or that maintain a business or office in the city. Solicita- tion may be conducted on weekends only, defined as Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There are limitations of a total of eight hours in a weekend for no more than two days, and the ordinance restricts back-to-back weekends of roadblocks. Ward 3 Alderman Matthew Gilreath made the request for the roadblock discussion to be added to the commi- ttee agenda because removing Friday collection times has been brought up during recent City Council meetings, and he wanted to have the discussion about possibly altering the ordinance to limit days to Saturday and Sunday. At the January 7 meeting, council did approve the removal of a Friday See “Roadblocks” on page 3