Crossing the line separating Indiana and Illinois sometimes means dealing with different laws and customs. Readers are asked to share ideas for this weekly feature. This week: Minimum wage.

Illinois voters will participate in an advisory referendum at the Nov. 4 election asking whether the state's minimum wage should be increased to $10 per hour by Jan. 1.

Currently, the lowest legal wage in Illinois is $8.25 per hour.

Illinois is among 23 states, plus Washington, D.C., that requires employers to pay a minimum wage higher than the federal rate of $7.25 per hour.

Indiana is not. The minimum wage for Hoosier workers remains at the $7.25 per hour rate adopted in 2009.

Efforts by Democrats to boost  the rate or put the question to Hoosier voters repeatedly were defeated earlier this year by the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

An employee working 40 hours a week at the minimum wage will earn, before taxes, $15,080 a year in Indiana and $17,160 in Illinois.