We know, we know. Raising the minimum wage sounds noble. But discouraging businesses from hiring entry-level workers is a particularly bad idea in a deadbeat, debt-ridden state that can't pay its bills and leads the nation in outmigration while every Midwestern neighbor is gaining in population. One more time: Illinois desperately needs to expand its economy. To create more jobs, to grow more taxpayers. Pass another piece of legislation that disadvantages Illinois businesses, and lawmakers might as well hang a "going out of business" sign on the Capitol doors.