CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Want to make more than $10 an hour? Minimum wage in Illinois could surpass that in a couple of years.
A plan approved by the senate executive committee would raise Illinois' minimum wage 50 cents a year until it reaches $10.55 per hour.
"I really believe the minimum wage should be at least $10 or more," said Molly Dismang of Carterville. "I think it's been too long. The minimum wage should be at least $10 or more."
Some people who spoke with Heartland News Thursday say while they're all for a fair wage, they worry about the cost of everything else going up too.
"I do believe in raising the minimum wage so they can buy food and clothes for their family," said Joe Baxter of Carterville. "But as soon as you raise the minimum wage, the cost of milk's going up, the cost of gasoline, the cost of housing."
In Carbondale, Cristaudo's owner Nicholas Stewart knows a minimum wage hike will affect the prices at his bakery business. He says he tries to keep the prices low on his tasty pastries, but with minimum wage possibly on the rise it'll be harder to do.
"The most expensive ingredient in anything you make at a restaurant is labor," said Stewart.
After a move across town, Cristaudo's is operating on a bare bones staff comprised of just its four owners. With a dining room soon to open, Stewart says they hoped to hire more people at a wage that would help him keep good employees.
"We hire them at higher than minimum wage, which is about what the minimum wage will be raised to," said Stewart. "And when the minimum wage is raised, it'll be that much more difficult to give them a little extra."
Lawmakers say they want to raise the minimum wage to bring it in line with where it was originally meant to be. Back in 1968 lawmakers say minimum wage was $1.60 hour, which was a livable wage in those days. They say $10.55/hour will get the rate back to livable.