Illinois Senator makes changes to minimum wage proposal

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SPRINGFIELD - State Senator Kimberly Lightford has made changes to a proposal that would raise the minimum wage in Illinois in an attempt to garner lawmakers' support for the measure.

Previously, Lightford wanted to increase Illinois' minimum wage from $8.25 to $10.65.  However, on Wednesday she changed the proposed rate along with another alteration that would require fewer votes for passage during the veto session.

Under the modified measure, workers ages 18 and older will make a minimum wage of $10.00 an hour, beginning in July 2015.  The minimum wage would jump once again, to $11.00 an hour in 2017.

With the July 2015 start date, the Legislature would be able to pass the measure with a majority instead of the usual three-fifths vote that's required during the veto session.

According to Lightford, the bill will be called before the Legislature before January.
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