Democratic Party House Speaker Mike Madigan proposes inflaming those being paid under $10 with an advisory referendum asking voters if they favor raising the minimum wage to that level.
Coincidentally, Panera Bread has developed an automated ordering device.
The company says it won’t result in fewer employees, but other fast food companies might not agree if they copy the system.
At a cost of $125,000 per store for the new machines, there will be a temptation to save money elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Swiss voters rejected a proposal to set is minimum wage at $24.70 per hours. The highest minimum wage is 10.66 in Luxembourg.