A proposal to raise the state's minimum wage is on lawmakers' agenda again this year. Illinois has been hovering around a ten-percent unemployment rate for the past several months.
David Vite with the Illinois Retail Merchants Association says that could have a negative impact on jobs.
The state currently has the fourth highest minimum wage in the nation at eight-25 an hour. The proposal aims to boost the rate to ten-65 an hour in the next two years. Bill sponsor Senator Kimberly Lightford says an increase is just what many families need to make it in this struggling economy.