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Minimum Wage

Pritzker signs bill
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a measure gradually hiking the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, the highest in the Midwest.

Maywood, Pritzker, and Guzzardi at a press conference
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Illinois could soon be the fifth state on the path to a $15 minimum wage.

Tre Whitelow and Jay Shannon
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Young adulthood is often carved up into milestones—your first job, car, house, or child.

For Tre Whitelow of Bloomington, it was a much smaller achievement that became a turning point of sorts. He recently got his first wallet, at age 21.

Dan Brady at an event
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A $15-an-hour minimum wage is headed to Gov. J.B. Pritzker after the House approved the six-year plan Thursday.

Jason Barickman
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Despite business owner concerns, a minimum wage increase bill passed the Illinois Senate this week. If it passes the House and is signed into law, Illinois’ $8.25 minimum wage would rise to $15 by 2025.

Lightford and Pritzker
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Despite employer concerns about maintaining their bottom line in the era of a minimum wage increase, Illinois People’s Action said the benefits outweigh concerns.

Kimberly Lightford
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday hailed the state Senate's approval of an increase in the minimum wage to $15.

Fight for $15 rally
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With a minimum wage increase bill awaiting a vote in the Illinois Senate, the McLean County Chamber of Commerce said they do not “outright oppose” the jump to $15 an hour.

Illinois lawmakers are moving quickly to draft a plan for a minimum wage increase. But, there are competing ideas on how to approach it. 

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Some unionized workers who felt left behind by economic changes voted for Donald Trump. In Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner just vetoed a minimum wage law. Despite that, the head of the Bloomington-Normal Trades and Labor Assembly says the state of labor is better than some might think.

Bruce Rauner speaks at event
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The McLean County Chamber of Commerce is applauding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill that would have raised the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.