Earlier this month, Comptroller Susana Mendoza signed an executive order aimed at refocusing enforcement of state prevailing wage laws for construction projects receiving money from the state of Illinois. This year a $45 billion funding agreement went into effect for a six-year capital infrastructure plan, which is expected to bring in a lot of non-union contractors from outside of the state to bid on contracts.

This enforcement could include halted payments for any contractor that fails to pay workers less than the prevailing wage rate required under Illinois prevailing wage laws. Mendoza said that anyone who believes a company has violated prevailing wage requirements, could notify her office directly. Mendoza also mentioned such a case would be investigated alongside the Department of Labor, and notices including legal vouchers and warrants would be sent out until corrective action is taken.  

The executive order also states that her office will not accept any grant or contract submissions without proof that the contractor is in compliance with the prevailing wage act, and would have the authority to “pre-audit” any state-funded contracts as well.

State contract listings and other information will soon be posted on the comptroller’s website through a prevailing wage inquiry form that will be maintained by Mendoza’s office. These online resources will be available to help contractors and workers get educated on state prevailing wage laws to help reduce violations. Mendoza also said she would direct her prevailing wage enforcement officer to address questions contractors may have regarding any state-funded contracts.

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