Governor Quinn Proposes Raising Illinois Minimum Wage, Merchants Against Increase
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.
The Illinois Retail Merchants Association and Illinois Chamber of Commerce are against raising the state's minimum wage. The merchants association represents more than 23,000 stores. President David Vite says raising the state's minimum wage will hurt people looking for jobs and employers. He says instead Quinn and lawmakers should focus on the state's budget crisis and pension problems. The chamber says raising the minimum wage is "an untimely, ill-advised and outrageous proposal."
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