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Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 9:15 PM
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By associated press

Illinois Minimum Wage Bill Moves Forward

Illinois Minimum Wage Bill Moves Forward

A plan to make Illinois' minimum wage the highest in the nation is heading to the Senate floor, but it could still see some changes before it's called for a vote. Read »

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM
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By Ward Room Staff & Associated Press
      

Martin Sheen, Quinn Push Minimum Wage Boost

Illinois governor has made increasing the minimum wage a big part of his platform as he seeks another term, saying the increase is about "dignity and decency." Read »

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 10:15 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson
      

Quinn to Huddle With Obama on Minimum Wage

While National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., Governor Pat Quinn is meeting today with President Obama and senior White Officials over efforts to raise the minimum wage. Read »

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 9:08 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Aldermen Back Referendum for $15 Minimum Wage

Aldermen Back Referendum for $15 Minimum Wage

Saying it’s “time to act”, a group of Chicago aldermen, along with advocacy groups, low-wage workers and community members, are backing a set of city referendums on the March 18 ballot calling for a higher... Read »

Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 at 6:22 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Presses Bid to Raise Minimum Wage

Quinn Presses Bid to Raise Minimum Wage

Gov. Pat Quinn is using the holiday weekend honoring Martin Luther King Jr. to continue pressing for raising Illinois' minimum wage to at least $10. Read »

Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 10:42 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Video Looks a Lot Like Rauner’s "47%" Moment

Opinion: Video Looks a Lot Like Rauner’s

Truth be told, I was really enjoying the spectacle of a well-run Republican campaign for governor in Illinois. Read »

Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 9:46 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Rauner Flip Flops on Minimum Wage Idea

He told a downstate radio station last month that Illinois’ minimum wage of $8.25 an hour should be repealed to $7.25, the national minimum wage. His Republican opponents for governor are quick to pounce. None... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 at 4:14 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Wants Higher Minimum Wage By Christmas 2014

Quinn Wants Higher Minimum Wage By Christmas 2014

Gov. Pat Quinn says he wants to raise Illinois' minimum wage to at least $10 by Christmas of next year. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Minimum Wage Question Set to Appear on Ballots

Minimum Wage Question Set to Appear on Ballots

Advocacy group says it has collected enough signatures to place a non-binding referendum on the March ballot to establish a minimum wage in Chicago. Read »

Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 at 9:48 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Movement Growing Nationwide on Minimum Wage Hike

Opinion: Movement Growing Nationwide on Minimum Wage Hike

At McDonald’s locations across the city today, fast-food workers are protesting what they say are unfair pay practices by the world’s largest restaurant chain. Read »

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