It calls for a $2.40 increase over a three-year period, bringing the wage from where it is now, $8.25/hour to $10.65/hour. Keep in mind, Illinois already has the fourth highest minimum wage in the country.
Advocates say, low-paying jobs could be keeping workers down, forcing them to take public aid and commit crimes. Those against the measure say increasing minimum wage will be tough on businesses and could force them to raise their prices. One group also claims it would cost the state 45,000 jobs.
The bill passed out of a Senate committee Thursday. The chief sponsor of the bill says changes could come before the bill goes before the full Senate.
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