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Quinn Wants Higher Minimum Wage by Christmas 2014

The minimum wage in Illinois is $8.25
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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he wants to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to at least $10 by Christmas of next year.

The Chicago Democrat who’s seeking re-election campaigned on the issue in 2010 and mentioned it during his annual address this year.

The minimum wage in Illinois is $8.25. Quinn said Wednesday that raising the wage will help eliminate poverty.

Illinois last raised the minimum wage in 2010. There’s legislation pending in Springfield to increase it, including a call for $15 an hour.

However Republicans and business groups say raising the minimum wage kills jobs. Quinn says that claims are flat wrong.

Some business groups have also accused Quinn of trotting out the issue ahead of the 2014 election.

Quinn says it’s not a new issue for him.

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