State Senator Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood)
State Senator Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood)

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 State Sen. Kimberly Lightford of Maywood, the legislation would increase Illinois’ minimum wage to $11 an hour for workers 18 and older by 2019.

Despite the Senate’s action, Madigan says he won’t call lawmakers back before Governor-elect Bruce Rauner takes office. Gov. Pat Quinn can call the House back for a special session, but he hasn’t said he would do so.
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