IL Senators support raising federal minimum wage to $15

IL Senators support raising federal minimum wage to $15
A bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2024 has been introduced to the U.S. Senate. (Source: KFVS)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KFVS) - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are supporting a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024.

Senate Democrats introduced the Raise the Wage Act on Thursday, Jan. 17.

The measure would also phase out the sub-minimum wages for tipped workers. This would ensure that all workers are paid, at least, the full minimum wage.

Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25.

If approved, the Act would gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 over the next six years.

According to Sen. Durbin and Sen. Duckworth’s offices, the Economic Policy Institute states that roughly 40 million people nationwide would receive a minimum wage raise if the Act is passed.

In Illinois, approximately 2.3 million workers right now reportedly earn lest than $15 per hour.

To learn more about the bill click here.

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