SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed raising Illinois’ minimum wage from $8.25 to $10 an hour.
He outlined the plan during his annual State of the State speech before lawmakers on Wednesday.
Quinn says nobody should work 40 hours a week and live in poverty. The federal rate has been $7.25 an hour since 2007.
The current Illinois rate took effect in July 2010, when it increased by a quarter. The U.S. Department of Labor says only two other states—Washington and Oregon—have a minimum wage higher than Illinois.
A proposal to raise the minimum wage came up in the state Senate last year but wasn’t called for a floor vote.