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Quinn pushes to raise Illinois' minimum wage

Right now, its $8.25 an hour in Illinois, the governor wants $10 an hour. Right now, its $8.25 an hour in Illinois, the governor wants $10 an hour.
Reeve says he's always believed in paying his employees above Illinois' minimum wage for a number of reasons. Reeve says he's always believed in paying his employees above Illinois' minimum wage for a number of reasons.
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

Governor Pat Quinn wants Illinois to be number one in the nation when it comes to the minimum wage.

Right now, its $8.25 an hour in Illinois, the governor wants $10 an hour.

Over the years, Rick Reeve has seen his fair share of profit when it comes to owning his business, Shawnee Trails.

"We've had spikes and lows," Reeve said.

But through it all, Reeve says he's always believed in paying his employees above Illinois' minimum wage for a number of reasons.

"They get more active in their job, they make more money, I make more money, I think a win- win," Reeve said.

Its experiences from the past that he says shaped how he runs his business today.

"Then, I realized over the years a lot of people aren't willing to do anything at minimum wage," he said.

His shop is your typical small town business, competing against corporate names and Internet access.

Reeve says despite today's competition, he will always believe in "you get what you pay for."

"Most of the kids I've hired are willing to put the extra effort out for a couple more bucks and it shows," he said.

It's a theory Dan Gent believes in too as a business owner.

But the thought of minimum wage being $10 an hour is having him think twice.

"It is a struggle what we pay now but it is worth it, but I don't know if we could afford to go ten dollars an hour for everybody," said Gent.

Gent says it wouldn't be just his employees taking the hit.

"It would have to be passed on to our customers to offset that," Gent said.

Washington takes the top spot for highest paid workers at just over $9 an hour.

One of the sponsors proposes increasing the minimum wage by 50 cents each year until it's over $10 an hour.

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