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Quinn Hits The Gap to Tout Minimum Wage Increase

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Bruce Rauner touts Democratic and independent support while Gov. Pat Quinn pushes an increase in the minimum wage. Mary Ann Ahern reports.

While Bruce Rauner surrounded himself with Democrats and independents Thursday, Gov. Pat Quinn focused on the issue of raising the minimum wage in Illinois.

He borrowed a page from President Barack Obama's recent visit dedicated to the wage issue, and visited the Gap store on State Street.

"We have hundreds of thousands of people in our state who make the minimum wage, not only to help them, but to help our own economy," Quinn said.

A Senate committee voted Thursday to move legislation forward that would raise the minimum wage in Illinois from $8.25 to $10.65 per hour over a three-year period.

Rauner announced Thursday he has support from former Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton Minow and the Rev. James Meeks, but Quinn downplayed those endorsements.

"He didn't get a resounding victory at all from his own party," Quinn said.

Related Topics Gov. Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner
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