SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Senate has approved legislation that would increase the state's minimum wage to $11 by 2019.
Senators approved the legislation in a 35-18 vote on Thursday. The bill now moves to the Illinois House, where its fate is uncertain. A Senate executive committee also passed the bill 11-5 on Wednesday.
Under the legislation, the state's minimum wage would be gradually raised to $11 over a period of four years. Also included in the bill is a proposed tax credit for businesses with less than 50 employees.
However, some senators say they want to see the legislation include more pro-business reform.