Minimum wage increase passes Illinois Senate

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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. 

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