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Rauner Changes Stance On Minimum Wage

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:03:46 CST
By: AP

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says his comments calling for a cut to Illinois' minimum wage were a ``mistake'' and he's now in favor of the opposite. The businessman now says he'd support raising Illinois' $8.25 hourly rate, but only under the right circumstances. That includes if the national wage is increased or if Illinois first accomplishes reforms to workers compensation and other issues. During a debate last month, Rauner said he'd advocate pushing Illinois' minimum wage back to the $7.25 national rate. The minimum wage debate is a prominent issue in the 2014 campaign. Gov. Pat Quinn is pushing for an increase of at least $10 an hour. The three other Republican gubernatorial candidates say they don't favor an increase, arguing it kills jobs.

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