Group going state-to-state for minimum wage push

By Alex Davis |

Published 04/01 2014 04:40PM

Updated 04/04 2014 12:42PM

SPRINGFIELD -- A nationwide push to raise the minimum wage made a stop in Springfield. Supporters say too many working Americans live in poverty, so they hope to convince Congress to fix it.

Advocates with this particular group are driving state-to-state pushing for President Barack Obama's plan. The President wants to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10/hour. Keep in mind, the federal minimum wage is $7.25.

In Illinois, our rate is above that at $8.25. Supporters say businesses can afford to fork over a bit more and they claim it's the right thing to do. But, business owners and organizations representing them say, paying higher wages would transfer over to their products and services forcing customers to pay more.

In Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn is pushing for a different wage increase. He thinks it should hover a bit higher, about $10.65/hour.

The "Give America a Raise" tour started last Monday. Most stops have taken place outside the offices of Republicans against the increase. They've also been held outside major corporations against it. It ends Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

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