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Illinois Minimum Wage Referendum Advances

Illinois House lawmakers are moving forward with a measure for the November ballot asking voters whether the state should raise the minimum wage.

The non-binding referendum on boosting the minimum wage from eight-25-an-hour to ten-dollars was approved Friday in a House committee 12 to 7, along party lines.

House Speaker Michael Madigan is backing the idea of getting input from voters on the increase, which Governor Quinn supports and on which challenger Bruce Rauner has expressed varying opinions.