Illinois Senate passes minimum wage bill

The Illinois Senate has passed legislation that would raise the state’s minimum wage.

The bill passed the Senate by a 39-18 vote, which came after Speaker Michael Madigan adjourned the House on Wednesday.

Sponsored by Democratic State Sen. Kimberly Lightford of Maywood, the legislation would by 2019 increase Illinois’ minimum wage to $11 an hour for workers 18 and older. The bill won’t impact Chicago’s decision to raise its wage to $13 by 2019.

Despite the Senate’s action, Madigan says he won’t call lawmakers back before a new governor is seated. Gov. Pat Quinn can call the House back for a special session, but he hasn’t said he would do so.

Lightford says senators did “the right thing” in passing her bill.

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