The Illinois House will consider increasing the state minimum wage to $15 by 2025 after the Senate voted along party lines to do so.

illinoiseal“Raising the minimum wage to $15 will help our workers better support our economy,” said Sen. Christoper Belt, D-Cahokia, who is a co-sponsor of the measure. “We cannot expect workers or individuals who have to pay back student loans to be able to afford the cost of living when they only make $8.25.”

The Senate approved the measure in 39-18 vote, with only Democrats voting for the bill.

The southwestern Illinois delegration voted this way:

- State Sen. Christopher Belt, D-Cahokia: Yes
- State Sen. Rachelle Aud Crowe, D-Glen Carbon: Yes
- State Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville: No
- State Sen. Paul Schimpf, R-Waterloo: No

Under the proposal, the state’s minimum hourly wage of $8.25 would increase incrementally to $15 per hour between now and 2025. The legislation, Senate Bill 1, also call for a tax credit to help businesses that employ fewer than 50 workers offset the wage increase.
SB 1 increases the state’s minimum hourly wage according to the following schedule: