Illinois House committee approves minimum wage bill

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SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois House's Labor and Commerce Committee has approved legislation that would raise the state's minimum hourly wage from $8.25 to $9 beginning in July.

Officials say the proposal, which raises the minimum wage at a slower rate than the Senate is proposing, was approved by the committee in a 16-10 vote on Wednesday.  Under the proposal, another wage increase would happen in July 2016, bringing Illinois' minimum hourly wage to $10.

A different proposal in the Illinois Senate would increase the minimum wage to $9 in July, and would increase by 50 cents each year until 2019, when the minimum wage would be $11.  However, this plan hasn't gained support in the House.  

Officials say the issue is further complicated by a city wage imposed by Chicago, which will drive the minimum wage to $13 by 2019.

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