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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He told a downstate radio station last month that Illinois’ minimum wage of $8.25 an hour should be repealed to $7.25, the national minimum wage.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 »

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Rahm Supports Obama's Call For $10 Minimum Wage

Rahm Supports Obama's Call For $10 Minimum Wage

Emanuel released a statement Wednesday saying he "strongly supports" the measure. Read »

Sunday, Sep 1, 2013 at 5:29 PM
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By Sophia Tareen
      

Quinn Keeps Pushing to Raise Minimum Wage

Gov. Pat Quinn is again making a push for raising Illinois' minimum wage. Read »

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 12:41 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Could You Make It On $10 An Hour?

Could You Make It On $10 An Hour?

The state senate is set to vote on a bill that would give Illinois the highest minimum wage in the nation. What will $10 an hour pay for? Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

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Jesse Jackson Jr.

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Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

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Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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