CARMI, Ill. (WEHT) – Abby Weiss and her husband took ownership of Gottzz’s back in 2015 and had big plans for the American diner until a new law was passed last year to increase the minimum wage.
“When we first started hearing about the new law I mean we kind of were in a panic a little bit because we first thought it was going to jump to 15 dollars immediately.”
According to the minimum wage law, Illinois workers will see an increase to $10 an hour by July first this year.
By 2025 it will reach $15 per hour.
For bigger cities like Chicago, the wage increase seems reasonable, but for smaller cities in downstate Illinois, Weiss says it’s a little much.
“We have friends that have even smaller businesses than us and I mean that’s a lot to pay your employees. In a little town like Carmi, 15 dollars is a lot for each employee so we don’t love the idea of it but I want everyone to have a living wage.”
We asked Weiss what they plan to do once the minimum wage hits the $15 limit.
“Right now, it hasn’t really affected us but yes it will affect us and we will eventually have to raise some of our prices. I mean, I think everybody in Illinois will have to do that whether they’re a big business or a small business.”
Weiss also projected some businesses would have to let employees go or even close up shop.
(This story was originally published on January 2, 2020)