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CAPITOL BRIEFS: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 CAPITOL BRIEFS: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

CAPITOL BRIEFS: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is imploring the General Assembly to be realistic with revenue projections this year to avoid adding to the state’s backlog of unpaid bills. A compromise budget passed last year was hailed as balanced by many lawmakers, but will actually add $1.5 billion to $2 billion to the state’s backlog, which was estimated about $7.3 billion as of Thursday.

Illinois can follow other states’ lead to $15 minimum hourly wage Illinois can follow other states’ lead to $15 minimum hourly wage

Illinois can follow other states’ lead to $15 minimum hourly wage

As it considers raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour, Illinois has a few examples to follow. Three states and Washington, D.C., have approved the significant jump to $15 an hour. And each of those states has done it differently.

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