Yesterday during his State of the State address governor Pat Quinn lobbied for a hike in the minimum wage for the state of Illinois.
Quinn proposed that over the next 4 years, the state of Illinois should raise the minimum wage to $10 dollars and hour.
"Nobody in Illinois should work 40 hours a week and live in poverty," said Governor Quinn.
The notion however, was met with much opposition. Leaders of both the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association say they oppose the measure as well as local buisness owners.
Frank Abdnour, owner of The Spotted Cow, Peoria:
"On top of escalating fuel costs and escalating food costs, it's just another hurdle that you need to deal with. Along with rising workers' comp insurance and Illinois is one of the highest workers' comp insurance states there are too," said Abdnour.