Over the strong objections of Republicans who called it unfair and rushed, the Illinois House approved legislation Thursday that would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.
The vote, which came after a two-hour debate, was 69-47. With the Senate approving the bill last week, Senate Bill 1 now goes to Gov. J.B.. Pritzker. State Representative Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur) voted against the proposal and talked about it after the vote.
Under the plan, the state’s minimum wage would go from $8.25 to $9.25 on Jan. 1, 2020, and then to $10 on July 1, 2020. It would then go up $1 more each Jan. 1 after that until it reaches $15 in 2025.