The Illinois Senate passed a bill to increase the minimum wage, but the House adjouned sine die, meaning the bill is dead -- for now.
The governor could call the House into special session this month for a vote on the minimum wage, but if he did, there's no guarantee representatives would consider the bill. That's where things stand as the House adjourned for 2014 without calling the legislation, a couple of hours before the Senate ran it anyway.
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“The people have spoken,” said State Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood), referring to the non-binding referendum on Election Day. It was a party-line vote, with State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) says the message is all wrong: that we should encourage our youth to aspire to no more than a minimum-wage job. He says a $14-per-hour minimum in North Dakota is market-driven. Lightford's bill would raise the minimum from the current $8.25 to $9 in July, increasing 50 cents per year to a peak of $11 in 2019.