Efforts to raise the minimum wage have been getting a lot of attention, but it's not the only proposal intended to improve the lives of the working poor. Following the call of Gov. Pat Quinn, some lawmakers want to double Illinois' tax credit for low income workers.
The earned income tax credit began as a federal program, signed into law by President Ronald Reagan.
Illinois added its own state tax credit later. It's aimed at helping people work their way out of poverty by increasing their spending power.