Illinois Senate passes minimum wage increase; measure moves to House

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SPRINGFIELD (WREX) — The Illinois Senate has passed a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

The plan would increase the minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $9.25 on Jan. 1, 2020. After going to $10 on July 1, 2020, it would increase $1 each Jan. 1 until 2025.

New Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker campaigned on the plan and has asked Democrats who control the General Assembly to send him a bill to sign by the time he lays out his budget proposal in two weeks.

Republicans oppose the idea. They say it increases too quickly for businesses to absorb the cost. The Illinois Retail Merchants’ Association wants to see wages tiered to varying costs of living across the state. Lightford says she’s still open to the idea.

Sen. Dave Syverson (R) 35th District and Sen. Brian Stewart (R) 45th District voted against the bill. Sen. Steve Stadelman (D) 34th District voted in favor of the the measure.

The bill, called SB 1, now goes to the House.

13 News is following this story today and will bring you updates as we get them.

Audrey Moon

Audrey Moon

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