2 Proposals Address Illinois Minimum Wage

Jan 18, 2017

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

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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.