Minimum wage workers could soon get a boost in pay if Governor Quinn has his way, but the plan to increase the state's minimum wage proves to be a swing-and-a-miss for business owners. The Governor says he's going to push for an increase in Illinois' minimum wage to at least ten-dollars-an-hour. Some business groups say any increase will lead to layoffs.
Business Leaders say raising the minimum wage would hurt their bottom line. They say they could be forced to let workers go or raise the costs of their products if the hike goes into effect. State Senator Bill Haine (D- Alton) says he wants to see the potential fallout on Metro East businesses before making up his mind.
State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon), however, makes no bones about his stance.
Quinn says a half-million Illinoisans would benefit from the increase. Currently the minimum wage is eight-25 an hour.