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Quinn Keeps Pushing To Raise Minimum Wage


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.

“No one in Illinois should work 40 hours a week and live in poverty,” Governor Quinn said, in a press release. “There is no better way to honor hard-working men and women across Illinois by raising the minimum wage. As we honor Illinois’ workers this Labor Day, we should also remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who said ‘it’s always the right time to do the right thing."

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.