GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSES STRENGTHENED PREVAILING WAGE BILL
Measure Protects Workers and the Public from Fraud and Abuse
Springfield — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today said the legislature took a bold stand for the hard-working men and women of Illinois by approving legislation that will help ensure the payment of fair and honest wages on publicly funded projects.
Madigan assisted in authoring House Bill 3237 with sponsors Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) and Sen. David Koehler (D-Pekin). The measure won approval on concurrence in the Senate this week.
“This legislation ensures that employees working on projects paid for by the taxpayers are compensated fairly for their work,” said Attorney General Madigan.
HB 3237 will toughen enforcement of the Prevailing Wage Act by making violations a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison. It would also subject offending contractors and subcontractors to automatic and immediate debarment by the Illinois Department of Labor for four years, with no right to a hearing.
“This amendment to the state’s Prevailing Wage law is a strong incentive to contractors doing business with the people of Illinois to pay their workers the wages to which they are entitled by law,” said Sen. Koehler.
“In today’s tough times, we needed to make the statement that hard-working men and women deserve a fair wage and should not be shut out of work by contractors who outbid honest Illinois companies by undercutting wages,” Rep. Phelps said.
If enacted into law, the Prevailing Wage Act will be amended to:
The legislation also proposes more technical modifications to the existing language of the Act in order to make criminal prosecutions easier: