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There are new proposals now in both Illinois and Iowa to raise the minimum wage. 

Governor Pat Quinn is pressing to raise Illinois' minimum wage to at least ten dollars an hour. The Democrat says the increase from $8.25 would be a key component in what he calls the "war on poverty."
     
Republicans and business groups say raising the minimum wage would kill jobs but it's something one Iowa lawmaker is pushing for as well.

"It's about making sure that people in the middle class get their opportunity, but also making sure that people who want to get into the middle class can," said Rep. Pat Murphy (D) Dubuque.

Murphy proposed legislation this week. He says it's not just high school and college students as parents are making minimum wage and must make more to turn around the economy.
     
His plan calls for hiking the minimum wage to $8.25 an hour on July 1st of this year, $9.25 by next year and over ten dollars by January of 2016.