$15 minimum wage

Peter Medlin

Illinois lawmakers approved a plan increasing starting teacher salaries over the next five years. That's forcing northern Illinois education leaders to prepare their districts for the change. Some will barely feel its effects at all, while others are playing catch up.

Illinois Senators recently approved a plan that would eventually raise the state minimum wage to $15-per-hour.

Illinois House Republicans fear the increase could have a negative impact on the business climate in the state.

Republican State Rep. Jeff Keicher says he’s been hearing from northern Illinois business owners. Some have told him they might have to cut back hiring, others suggested they might have to lay off workers if the bill gets passed in that chamber.

He also worries about its impact in his neck of the woods.