Hundreds of protesters rally for a $15 an hour minimum wage on Sept. 4, 2014 in Chicago. The battle for a higher minimum wage is epxected to continue in 2015. (Photo by Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Illinois lawmakers set to vote on minimum wage hike to $15 an hour

The raise would be gradual until it hits the $15 mark in 2025.

February 14, 2019 - 6:23 am
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House could vote on a plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2025.

Democrats who control the General Assembly are moving quickly because Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to sign the measure into law before he proposes his first annual budget. That's scheduled for Feb. 20.

The proposal would increase the current $8.25-an-hour base wage by $1 on Jan. 1. After a 75-cent jump July 1, 2020, it would increase $1 each Jan. 1 until 2025. The Senate approved the plan last week . The House Labor and Commerce Committee voted 19-10 along party lines Wednesday to advance it to the House floor.

A House vote could come as early as Thursday.

Rep. Will Guzzardi is the sponsor. The Chicago Democrat says people making $8.25 an hour are "being kept in poverty."