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SPRINGFIELD—Legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr. (D-Chicago) to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 passed the Senate on Thursday.

“Raising the minimum wage throughout the state is crucial to help struggling, working families in Illinois,” Sims said. “This effort was unfortunately blocked by the past administration, but the time is now to provide Illinoisans across our state with a fair wage and provide them the stability they deserve.”

Senate Bill 1 would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2025.  This extended roll-out will allow businesses to prepare for the change and provide businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees the ability to take a payroll tax credit.

The minimum wage has remained at $8.25 since 2010.

The first pay bump will take place on Jan. 1, 2020 to $9.25. 

“I was proud to stand with my colleagues to pass this historic legislation and help improve the lives of hard-working individuals throughout the state.” Sims said. “I know this plan will help working families by bridging the pay gap for seniors, women and minorities across our state.”

Senate Bill 1 passed with a vote of 39-18. It will now head to the House for consideration.