Despite some employers saying an increase in the minimum wage would result in layoffs, Gov. Pat Quinn is standing behind his call for an increase. Quinn says he doesn’t buy the claims that employers would have to let some of their staff go if the minimum wage increases to $10 per hour. Quinn says it would happen gradually and be barely felt by employers.
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“I think it’s important that we understand that we have a half a million or more people in Illinois who work at the minimum wage and giving them a modest raise over the next four years is good for our economy. It will create jobs,” Quinn said. Several groups representing restaurants say their members would feel the pain the most. Illinois’ current minimum wage is $8.25 per hour, $1 more than the federal rate.