State lawmakers remain divided on the issue of raising the state's minimum wage to $10 an hour. House Speaker Michael Madigan wants to give voters a say on the topic, his idea to place a non-binding referendum on the November ballot cleared a House committee by a 12 to 7 vote Friday.

The vote was along party lines. Republicans, like State Representative Dwight Kay, say the decision to raise the wage would hurt businesses.

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If Madigan's idea does make it on to the ballot, it doesn't mean a hike is imminent. Since it's a non-binding resolution, lawmakers would not be required to act, even if it gets enough support from voters.

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