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.