Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with Illinois Governor Quinn, are pushing to raise the minimum wage.
Quinn wants to raise it to $10 an hour before he leaves office in January, but he might not have the votes.
Governor-elect Bruce Rauner says he supports raising the minimum wage as long as it comes with changes that help businesses pay them.
Emanuel wants to know what those are.
"I don't know what those are, I don't know what that is," Emanuel said on the issue of pro-business reforms. "I'm for something specific. I'm for the minimum wage... but when you say pro-business, what is that? I don't even know what that is."
During his campaign, Rauner said pro-business measures could include changes to workers' compensation rules and limits on civil lawsuits filed against businesses.
Emanuel also wants Rauner to keep the income tax rate where it is.
It's scheduled to fallback, from 5% to 3.75%, on January 1, unless lawmakers renew it.
The state would lose about $4 billion in annual revenue.
Emanuel says he favors extending the tax rate if it goes toward education.
"I'm gonna be clear to Governor-elect Rauner on the importance of investing in the city of Chicago, primarily in our education," Emanuel said. "We need the help of the state financially for our schools so we don't undermine all the hard work our parents, our teachers and our principals are doing in achieving education growth for our students."