New plan to help boost Illinois' economy released

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CHAMPAIGN - A new five-year plan that could help Illinois add jobs and build on its strengths has been released by a state agency charged with helping the state's economy.

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is required to send the plan to the General Assembly by Tuesday, due to a law created last year.  The plan will be publicly released on Monday.

Things already proposed like raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour are called for in the blueprint, but it also calls for new spending to improve the state's industrial and technological infrastructure.

The plan's costs are not yet specified, and it will require agreement from local officials and state lawmakers.

According to department spokesman David Roeder, the plan would also include job creation goals for the agency to try and hit.

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