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State Sen. Pat McGuire (D-43) recently voted in favor of raising the minimum wage in Illinois.
Senate Bill 11 would increase the minimum wage from $8.25 to $9 an hour beginning July 1. An additional 50 cents would be added every year after July 1, until reaching $11 an hour July 1, 2019.
Businesses with no more than 50 employees would also receive a three-year tax credit pursuant to the new law.
"Every hard-working Illinoisan deserves to make enough to make ends meet," McGuire said. "The new minimum wage will help accomplish this. It will reduce employee turnover and its tax credit cushions the impact it will have on small businesses."
The bill passed the Senate 35-18. The House will now vote on the bill.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has not said whether he would sign the bill into law if it passes.
In the past, Rauner has said he would get the minimum wage raised but it has to be tied to pro-business reform as well as job creation measures.