Springfield, Ill - Lawmakers are considering a plan to increase minimum wage and let it rise even more in the future.
The state Senate's Executive Committee approved the plan 9-5 Wednesday. But even the sponsor says more work is needed before it could become law.
The current minimum wage in Illinois is $8.25. The legislation would increase that by about 50 cents per year until it reaches $10.55. That matches the buying power of the minimum wage back in 1968 when it was $1.60.
Democratic Senator Kim Lightford says her proposal is still being negotiated.
Opponents say the increase would force businesses to cut hours and jobs.