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Illinois Senate backs $15 hourly minimum wage within 6 years

The Illinois Senate voted Thursday to hike the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour within six years, quickly advancing a top campaign promise of the newly elected Democratic governor in a major industrial state that hasn't raised the pay floor in nearly a decade.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who in his third week in office has reveled in reversing four years of his Republican predecessor's conservative policies , lauded the Senate's 39-18 party-line action to gradually raise the pay for low-income workers.

"If you live in this state and put in a hard day's work, you should be able to afford to put a roof over your head and food on the table," Pritzker told reporters...