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Business groups, Republicans worried about downstate impact of higher minimum wage

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) — Business groups across Illinois are calling for compromise on a minimum wage hike in Illinois, especially outside the Chicago area.

“We are disappointed the Senate did not take the time to address ways to lessen the impact of an unprecedented wage hike, particularly on suburban and downstate employers. We will continue to seek a compromise in the House, and we urge legislators to not rush this issue as they consider the implications this will have on employers and employees in their communities,” said Rob Karr, president & CEO of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

Tim Shelley

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