Illinois Senators Put 15-Dollar Minimum Wage On Fast Track

FILE - This June 21, 2006, file photo shows The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Officials said Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 that preliminary test results show the possible presence of Legionella bacteria in the Illinois Capitol Complex's hot water system. Experts at the Illinois Department of Public Health say the complex is safe for state employees to work, and they're not aware of any reports of Legionnaires' disease related to the water system. More testing is underway and results are expected in about 14 days. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman File)

Some Illinois lawmakers hope to pass a new minimum wage law by the end of the month. The Illinois Senate yesterday put the latest plan to hike the minimum wage to 15-dollars-an-hour on the fast track. State Senator Kimberly Lightford, who is sponsoring the plan, said she hopes to get the plan to Governor Pritzker before he delivers his budget speech on February 20th. The full Senate could vote on the plan today.

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