Quinn pushes minimum wage hike

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Governor Pat Quinn visited a South Side church today, making his case for raising the minimum wage in Illinois.

“There’s something wrong if somebody works 40 hours a week and lives in poverty,” Quinn told the congregation at the Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 South Indiana Avenue.

Quinn took his message to the pulpit, highlighting the importance of raising the minimum wage in Illinois to $10 an hour.  He says the state’s current $8.25 minimum wage is not enough for the half million workers his office says would benefit most from the wage hike.

“I think that it’s important that working people who work hard raising kids get paid a fair wage, and that’s what this is all about.” Quinn said.  “If we want to fight poverty, if we want to fight crime, the best way to do it is with a job.”

Felicia Aycth says she supports taking care of those who make minimum wage, but says after being out of work for 15 months, she worries employers will be even more reluctant to hire.  She says she would welcome a job paying $10 an hour, but says she would rather see lawmakers focus on communities where businesses have either closed or are no longer hiring.

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association says:  “Illinois has the fourth highest minimum wage in the nation and has increased dramatically since 2003 and the result has been more teens out of work than ever, especially minorities.  Another minimum wage hike will only hurt those who are looking for a job and those who employ them in this challenging economy.”

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  • Working class

    That is our GREAT Governor at work. Let us raise the min. wage o all the prices of goods will go up.The only benefit here is that the state will get more in taxes from the wage hike and more in taxes from the hike in sales tax because the products we purchase will cost more. Minimum wage hike will NOT help the people! Wake up America and Illinois these elected officials need to quit thinking of themselves and really help the people. Tax reductions, welfare reform, tax reform, then we can talk about guns and min. wage. This state has been named the poorest state in the Union and look who has run it for the last 10 years. We also have the highest welfare rates in the country! Cut the welfare we can't afford it and then maybe those on it will get a job or ow about this if you want welfare you have to work at Government jobs for your pay no more sitting on your couch all day waiting on your LINK CARD to be refilled!

  • Freeloadin

    LOL at your frustration! Why work for the system? It works for me and I don't have to do anything. I hope minimum wage gets raised.

  • chitown

    Why doesnt Quinn and the democrats worry about the 97 billion pension deficit instead of giving more.
    The democratic.party has run.the state of Illinois for the last 10+ year’s and its broke.
    Hey Madigan,.Quinn, Emanuel and for that matter Obama too. You can’t blame Bush for this mess. You all suk