Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a measure gradually hiking the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, the highest in the Midwest.

It was one of the new Democratic governor’s top campaign promises. He signed the six-year plan Tuesday at the Governor’s Mansion.

Illinois is on track to be the first state in the Midwest to push its base wage to $15. It increases from $8.25 by $1 on Jan. 1, and jumps to $10 on July 1, 2020. Then, it increases $1 each Jan. 1 until 2025.

Business groups opposed the plan. They wanted a longer phase-in and a regionalized approach with lower minimum wage levels for areas outside Chicago.

Pritzker noted there are payroll tax credits in the law to ease the transition for employers.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, left, and Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, right, are acknowledged for their presence on the House floor at the Illinois State Capitol, Thursday, Feb. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, left, and Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, right, are acknowledged for their presence on the House floor at the Illinois State Capitol, Thursday, Feb. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)
Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, talks with Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, on the House floor prior to a debate at the Illinois State Capitol, Thursday, Feb. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)
Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, talks with Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, on the House floor prior to a debate at the Illinois State Capitol, Thursday, Feb. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)
Illinois State Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, center, gets a an emotional hug from Erica Bland, of Chicago, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)
Illinois State Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, center, gets a an emotional hug from Erica Bland, of Chicago, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)

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