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Vote postponed on bill to raise Illinois minimum wage

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A committee vote on a proposal to make the state’s minimum wage the highest in the nation is postponed until late May.

The Senate Executive Committee is considering a proposal that would boost Illinois’ minimum wage from $8.25 per hour to $10.03 per hour.

If the bill gets out of committee, it must then pass votes in the senate and house.  Passage would mean a big wage hike for more than a million workers who make minimum wage in Illinois right now.

The national minimum wage is the same as Iowa’s, $7.25 per hour.  

The last minimum wage increase in Illinois happened in July 2010.

The bill was scheduled for a third reading in a committee hearing May 16.  The new deadline for the third reading was set for May 25.

The bill that would increase the Illinois minimum wage is Senate Bill 1565.  Follow the progress of that bill at this link: