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Illinois Governor Ups Minimum Wage To $6.50 Per Hour By 2005

Illinois Governor Ups Minimum Wage To $6.50 Per Hour By 2005
  • August 22, 2003

Continuing to enhance workers' benefits and fulfilling a significant campaign promise, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich signed into law Senate Bill 600 on August 21, 2003 and thereby increased Illinois' minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $6.50 per hour by 2005. Illinois' minimum wage will increase in two installments commencing over the next 16 months.

The minimum wage first will increase to $5.50 per hour on January 1, 2004. Effective January 1, 2005, the minimum wage then will increase to $6.50 per hour. The Governor's office estimates that the increase will benefit 450,000 Illinois workers or about 6 percent of the state's workforce, half of whom earn the current minimum wage.

Illinois joins 11 other states and the District of Columbia that have a minimum wage higher than the federal standard, which has not been increased since 1997. The other states are Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

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