Illinois lawmakers are considering a plan to increase the minimum wage and let it rise automatically in the future. The state Senate's Executive Committee approved the plan Wednesday. But even the sponsor says more work is needed before it could become law. The current minimum wage in Illinois is eight-dollars-and-25-cents. The legislation would increase that by about 50 cents a year until it reaches ten-55. That matches the buying power of the minimum wage back in 1968 when it was just a dollar-60.