Senate passes minimum wage bill Wednesday

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has passed legislation that would raise the state’s minimum wage. The bill passed the Senate by a 39-18 vote, which came after Speaker Michael Madigan adjourned the House on Wednesday. Sponsored by Democratic State Sen. Kimberly Lightford of Maywood, the legislation would by 2019 increase Illinois’ minimum wage to $11 an hour for workers 18 and older. The bill won’t impact Chicago’s decision to raise its wage to $13 by 2019. Despite the Senate’s action, Madigan says he won’t call lawmakers back before a new governor is seated. Gov. Pat Quinn can call the House back for a special session, but he hasn’t said he would do so. Lightford says senators did “the right thing” in passing her bill.