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Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill Tuesday raising the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $15 by 2025, The Hill reported.
Pritzker signaled Thursday that he would sign the bill after it passed the Illinois state House and Senate.
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“Phasing in the minimum wage over the next six years will put $6,300 a year into the pockets of nearly a quarter of our state’s workforce and billions of dollars into local economies in every corner of our state,” Pritzker said in a statement.
Illinois is on track to be one of the first states in the U.S. to mandate a $15 an hour minimum wage. Former Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a similar bill in 2017 before he lost his re-election bid to Pritzker the next year. Pritzker campaigned on raising the minimum wage, the Chicago Tribune reported.
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California will likely have the first statewide $15 minimum wage in 2022. Massachusetts is set to have a $15 minimum wage in 2023 and New Jersey in 2024. New York’s minimum wage will eventually hit $15 through a series...
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