Quinn keeps pushing to raise minimum wage to $10

Quinn keeps pushing to raise minimum wage to $10

Quinn keeps pushing to raise minimum wage to $10

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by Associated Press

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Posted on September 1, 2013 at 4:09 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn is again making a push for raising Illinois’ minimum wage.

The Chicago Democrat has been visiting black churches in the Chicago area as he ramps up his 2014 re-election bid. On Sunday, he told congregants at Missionary Baptist Fellowship Church that helping those who live in poverty is a principle as old as the Bible.

Illinois last raised the minimum wage in 2010.

The state’s minimum wage is $8.25 and Quinn wants to bring it $10 an hour. He’s been trying to revive the issue this year. He spoke about it during his State of the State address in February.

However, a measure sponsored by state Sen. Kim Lightford didn’t make it out of a committee.

Republicans and business leaders say raising the minimum wage kills jobs.

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