Some jobs you don't get into for the money; you do it for the joy. Teaching is one of those jobs. In fact, teachers' small salaries have become a sad kind of running joke over the years. I personally have multiple friends who are teachers, and it's astounding to learn how much they make versus how much money they put into their classes.

Fortunately, teachers in Illinois could be getting a boost in this department. According to WREX, the state is very close to raising the minimum salary for teachers to $40,000 per year. Currently, the minimum is just $10,000 per year (I had to do a double take when I read that too).

House Bill 2078 passed the House on a 79-31 vote Tuesday. But, it could still be vetoed by the governor. It's happened before. But, if it does pass, the bill would phase in the salary increase over a period of five years.