MARSHALL,Ill. (WTHI) - Illinois small businesses are responding to a proposal to increase the state's minimum wage. Governor Pat Quinn's proposal has some Wabash Valley businesses concerned.
It's the end of the lunch rush at The Lions Den in Marshall, Illinois. There are just a few pizzas left to make and a few more customers to take care of for owner Darren Higgins.
10 years ago he and his wife Gayle opened this pizza pit stop. It was a dream come true for both.
"It took a lot of work and both of us were working in the beginning and the costs were lower in the beginning," Gayle Higgins said.
In the past few years rising food prices are catching up with the Higgins.
"My husband has to be able to find a way to make it all work, get the work done and be able to provide a good product at a reasonable cost," she said.
But, after this week's news of a possible minimum wage increase, a new rising cost for them could be their workers.
"Instead of two people we would have to cut it down to one and maybe a one for a very short shift," Gayle explained.
Across town, Illinois House member Brad Halbrook spoke with high school kids about that very problem.
Back at the Lions Den, they're getting ready for dinner, preparing pizzas the way they always have, hoping they won't have to serve them at a price they never dreamed they would.
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