SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A $15-an-hour minimum wage is headed to Gov. JB Pritzker after the House approved the six-year plan.
Thursday’s 69-41 vote in the House almost guarantees it will become law.READ MORE: 'Don't Test Us': Chicago's Mayor Lightfoot On Plans After Chauvin Verdict
Pritzker, a Democrat, has pledged to sign it before Wednesday. That’s when he unveils his first annual budget plan. He stood on the House floor during the roll call with the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Will Guzzardi of Chicago.
The measure would increase the state’s $8.25 minimum wage to $9.25 on Jan. 1 and $10 on July 1, 2020. It then would increase $1 each Jan. 1 until 2025.READ MORE: Derek Chauvin Verdict: U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, Other Illinois Congress Members Weigh In; 'An Important First Acknowledgment Of Illegal Police Conduct'
Republicans complained the increase is too steep and happens too fast. They say businesses will raise prices and cut jobs or even close.
Business groups want a tiered minimum wage with lower base levels in parts of the state with lower costs of living.MORE NEWS: Mayor Lightfoot Says Justice Has Been Served As Derek Chauvin Is Convicted On All Counts In Death Of George Floyd
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