Raising Illinois minimum wage, and a Republican gubernatorial candidate's changing stance was the main topic of US Senator Dick Durbin's speech at an annual breakfast honoring the Reverand Martin Luther King Junior. Durbin says he's working with Illinois lawmakers to raise the states $8.25 hourly rate. Pushing for an increase is a Democratic strategy nationwide. Durbin then blasted Republican Bruce Rauner for being "out of touch" on the issue. Rauner said he'd advocate lowering Illinois' rate to the national $7.25-per-hour. Then said he'd support raising it under certain circumstances. The topic has been prominent in the gubernatorial primary. The three other Republicans running in the race oppose an increase. They are state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and state Senators Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard.
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