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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ House Speaker Michael Madigan’s spokesman says Madigan does not plan to call a vote on a proposed increase in Illinois’ minimum wage this legislative session.

Spokesman Steve Brown said Tuesday the Chicago Democrat felt “complications of the last few days made it unlikely a bill could be passed during this General Assembly.”

The decision likely means the wage hike issue will be put on hold until next year.

A Democratic senator was pushing a proposal to increase the $8.25-per-hour wage to $11. She said earlier Tuesday she modified a proposal it to accommodate business concerns. But House leadership said they didn’t have the support to pass it.

The city of Chicago earlier in the day passed a minimum wage hike to $13 an hour by 2019.