An Illinois House panel has approved House Speaker Michael Madigan's plan to ask voters whether the state should increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour. The plan to put a nonbinding question on the November ballot passed the House Revenue Committee by a 12-7 party line vote. It comes after Illinois Democrats have struggled to find enough votes to increase the state's minimum wage from $8.25 to $10.65 per hour. Some Democrats in swing districts joined Republicans in resisting the effort, amid fears that companies might lay off workers or hire fewer new ones. Madigan spoke about addressing economic inequality in Illinois as he presented the idea.
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