Minimum wage ballot question approved by Illinois House panel

SPRINGFIELD - House Speaker Michael Madigan's plan to ask voters whether the state should increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour has been approved by an Illinois House panel.  The plan passed a party line vote 12-7 Friday, and would place a non-binding question on the November ballot.

The vote comes after Illinois Democrats have struggled to find enough votes to increase the state's minimum wage.  Some Democrats in swing districts sided with Republicans in opposing the plan, due to fears that companies might lay off workers or hire fewer new ones.

When he presented the proposal, Madigan noted "differences of opinion" among members, but says it's "clear the state needs to be doing more to reduce economic inequality."

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