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2 Proposals Address Illinois Minimum Wage

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Two proposals on raising the minimum wage in Illinois will be tackled by the new General Assembly.

The Decatur Herald and Review reports that Senate members have proposed raising the current minimum wage, which is $8.25 an hour, by 50 cents each year until it reaches $11 in 2021 as part of a bipartisan budget package.

A proposed bill by House members, meanwhile, is looking to bump up minimum wage to $15 an hour by October.

The Illinois Senate approved bills in 2014 and 2015 to raise the minimum wage to $11 by 2019. The House has not yet approved a minimum wage increase.

About 63 percent of voters were in favor of raising the minimum wage for adults to $10 in a 2014 advisory memorandum.

The Illinois minimum wage was last raised from $8 to $8.25 in July 2010, due to a 2006 law.

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