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Continued Effort on Minimum Wage Increase in Illinois

Updated: Monday, May 19 2014, 03:58 PM CDT

ILLINOIS -- The conversation continues over raising the state's minimum wage. But now, the question will be taken to the voters.

On Friday, House Speaker Michael Magidan moved to put the question on the ballot in November as a non-binding referendum.

This means the results of the vote will not necessarily mean there will be a raise in minimum wage.

Many supporters of raising the minimum wage have made their support known when rallying at the Capital.

But business and republican lawmakers oppose the raise, saying it will lead to greater numbers of unemployed, especially amongst young adults and teens.

"Because you know you don't want to have an adverse effect on employment in Illinois and at the same time, not helping that person that's on minimum wage because they'd then lose that public benefit services so it's something very careful. So that's why I don't favor a ballot initiative on it."

Republican Representative Jil Tracy says raising the minimum wage could possibly lead to some workers losing state aid because their yearly salaries would surpass the cut off for state assistance.

Continued Effort on Minimum Wage Increase in Illinois


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