Local business reacts to new Illinois minimum wage hike

Published: Dec. 27, 2021 at 10:51 PM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - One of the changes Illinois businesses are preparing for in 2022 is another hike to the state’s minimum wage.

On Jan. 1, 2022, the state’s minimum wage will go up to $12 an hour, up $1 from the current level of $11 an hour.

It’s part of the state’s push to get the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 20-25.

Illinois School Supply owner and manager Paul Stegeman said he’s not too worried about it right now.

He said because he has such a small staff, he doesn’t think it will affect his business as much.

“I’ve got two guys here, plus myself, and then there is another guy that comes in. My partner comes in and helps us on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so it’s not going to affect me a lot,” Stegeman said.

But Stegeman said he does believe the hike will affect costs down the road as he said it will push all other wages higher, not just the minimum wage.

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