Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed a minimum wage increase into law.
The minimum wage is currently $8.25 an hour. The new law would gradually increase it every year, until it reaches $15 in 2025.
“Today is resounding victory for the 1.4 million Illinoisans who will soon get a hard-earned and well-deserved raise,” Gov. Pritzker said in a statement. “After nearly a decade of delay, I applaud the House and Senate for passing a living wage with the fierce urgency this moment requires. Phasing in the minimum wage over the next six years will put $6,300 a year into the pockets of nearly a quarter of our state’s workforce and billions of dollars into local economies in every corner of our state. Whether you’re a home healthcare provider in McLeansboro or a janitor in Rockford, hardworking men and women across Illinois deserve a raise and will get one. After campaigning on a promise to put Springfield back on the side of working families, I will proudly sign this historic legislation in the days to come.”