Businesses don't like it, but a plan to raise Illinois' minimum wage from $8.25, to $10.65 an hour, is before the General Assembly. Advocates continue to try to drum up the necessary votes. It appears they'll have help from the powerful Illinois House Speaker. Madigan says it's a matter of "fairness" and "equity.":
"I think you'll find the opposition to raising the minimum wage comes from people who've done pretty well in America and for some strange reason they don't want others in America to participate in prosperity."
Bruce Rauner is the Republicans' uber-wealthy nominee for governor. And it's expected he'll put up quite a challenge to Democratic Governor Pat Quinn. Rauner at one point said Illinois should rollback its minimum wage to the federal level, but he later reversed his position. But Quinn - who favors the minimum wage bump - is doing all he can to not let voters forget Rauner's flip-flop.
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