Illinois voters to decide minimum wage issue in November election

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Both houses of the Illinois legislature have approved a measure to allow voters to decide whether to raise the state's minimum wage to $10 per hour.

HB3814, also known as the Minimum Wage Increase Referendum Act, requires the Illinois Board of Elections to put the issue on the November 4, 2014 General Election ballot, statewide.

Voters will be asked whether the minimum wage in Illinois should be raised to $10 per hour by January 1, 2015 for adults over the age of 18.  The current minimum wage for those workers in Illinois is $8.25 per hour according to the Illinois Dept. of Labor.

The bill previously passed the Illinois House, and passed the Senate on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  The measure was forwarded to Governor Pat Quinn for his signature.

Gov. Quinn expressed support for the measure, and said he looked forward to signing it.

Quinn signed the measure Sunday, June 22.


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