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Quinn Pushes Democrat Minimum Wage Agenda

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 07:17:48 CST
By: AP

Governor Pat Quinn is using the holiday weekend honoring Martin Luther King Junior to continue pressing for raising Illinois' minimum wage to at least $10.   The Democratic governor says raising the state's minimum wage from $8.25 would be a key component in what he called the "war on poverty." Quinn says "Dr. King's legacy was one of service, compassion and inclusion," and that "we can continue his mission to eliminate poverty by raising the minimum wage."    Republicans and business groups say raising the minimum wage kills jobs. Both the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce have come out against proposed minimum wage increases. Illinois last raised its minimum wage in 2010 under a series of incremental increases.

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