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Gov. Quinn Pushing for Higher Wages

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is pushing for a higher minimum wage. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is pushing for a higher minimum wage.

While Labor Day is traditionally a time to honor American workers, for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, it was also a time to push for higher wages for many of them.

Governor Quinn made his case for increasing the state's minimum wage at the Rock Island County Democrat's annual Labor Day picnic in Hampton. Right now, minimum wage in Illinois is $8.25 an hour. Quinn supports raising that to $10 an hour, saying it's the right thing to do.

"There's something wrong if somebody works 40 hours a week and has to live in poverty. That isn't what America is to me. That's not what Labor Day is. That's why raising is the minimum wage is a good way to help lots and lots of families all across our state."

Opponents of raising Illinois' minimum wage say the move would kill jobs. Iowa's minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. That's the same as the current federal rate.

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