In his state-of-the-state address, Gov. Pat Quinn said he wants to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour. This meets disagreement from organizations such as the Illinois retail merchants association. That group’s executive vice president, Rob Karr, says jobs will be in jeopardy if this happens.
Karr says the news is as bad, or even worse for Illinois teens than it is for retail. Because teens are already pushed out of the market, their unemployment rate (is) running the highest since they started recording the statistic. And it’s particularly impacting minority neighborhoods.
Todd Maisch, the executive president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, says the state should fix other issues first before tackling minimum wage, noting Illinois already has the fourth highest minimum wage in the nation.
The governor wants the increase to happen over the next four years.