Illinois Democrats aim high with minimum wage proposals

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democrats are pushing an ambitious minimum wage hike despite opposition from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. A House proposal would lift the state’s rate from $8.25 to $15 over five years. The change would be a more accelerated leap than previous adjustments in Illinois. And the measure already is tied up in the state’s electoral politics, with Democrats signaling they want the governor to act on the measure ahead of his bid for re-election next year.