Measure moves wages to $7.50 per hour, adds 25 cent yearly increases

December 4, 2006

Springfield, IL - Lawmakers in the Illinois Senate voted Thursday to increase the state's minimum wage to $7.50 an hour beginning July 1, as well as additional 25-cent raises in each of the next three years, according State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-Crystal Lake).

In 2003, Illinois increased its minimum wage to $6.50 per hour, elevating it above the national rate of $5.15 per hour. Under the latest amended version of Senate Bill 1268, the state will boost wages by another $1 beginning next July, and allow it to rise to $8.25 by 2010.

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