Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Governor Pat Quinn have joined labor unions and workers to push for raising the minimum wage.
Durbin says the U.S. Senate could vote this week to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour.
Even if the idea does get a vote in the Senate the bill will likely not even get a vote in the Republican-controlled House.
Quinn is pushing a separate measure to raise Illinois' minimum wage from $8.25 to $10 per hour.
No votes are currently planned in the Illinois legislature on the idea. Opponents say hiking the minimum wage will force companies to lay off workers, adding to Illinois' already high unemployment.