Gov. Quinn to live off equivalent of minimum wage

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on July 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 27 at 6:13 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has agreed to briefly live on the equivalent of a minimum-wage salary as he rallies support for a ballot measure.

Quinn and other Democrats spoke at a Chicago campaign event Sunday about the non-binding measure on the Nov. 4 ballot. It asks if the minimum wage should be raised from $8.25 to $10.

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky said she's lived for a week on a minimum-wage income. She then asked Quinn if he would do the same. He answered, "Yes."

It wasn't immediately clear what that would entail for Quinn. But Schakowsky says her expendable income for the week was $11 a day.

Quinn's Republican opponent, Bruce Rauner, has said he's open to raising the minimum wage. But he'd want to tie it to business reforms.

 

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