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Action Now Rallies for Minimum Wage Increase
Do you think Illinois should raise the state's minimum wage? It's currently at $8.25 an hour--one dollar higher than the federal minimum wage.
The group Action Now thinks it should go up. Members rallied outside the statehouse, urging lawmakers to raise it to $10.65 an hour by the year 2014, and then index the wage to inflation.
The bill would also end the penalty on tipped workers, so instead of receiving 60 percent of the minimum wage, they would be paid the full minimum wage.
"In our community, we may have one head of household," Donna Roberts Williams, who wants the minimum wage to increase, said. "It may be the woman. She is working a four-hour job. They won't give them 40 hours. They may give them one 20-hour job. They then have to go get another job to make up the other hours. To me, that's not the American dream."
Republicans and business groups are against the idea, saying it will cost the state jobs. They said if businesses have to pay more in wages, they'll have less money, and that will lead to fewer employees.
The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.