Minimum wage could soon be going up

By WEEK Producer

May 16, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:01 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The lowest paid workers in Illinois could soon see a pay raise, under a new proposal from the Senate Executive Committee.

That proposal seeks to raise minimum wage 50 cents a year until it reaches $10.55 an hour by 2015. The current minimum wage stands at $8.25 an hour.

Though employees may be excited at the prospect of a higher minimum wage, some lawmakers do not think it is a good idea.

State Senator Dave Koehler (D-46th District) said he opposes the raise, saying the economy is too unstable right now. Koehler said that does not mean he wouldn't support a wage increase in the future.

Senate Bill 1565 now moves on to the Senate floor for debate.

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