The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

March 26, 2014

Quinn doesn't mention minimum wage


Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Raising the minimum wage has so far been a key campaign theme for Gov. Pat Quinn, but he didn't mention it in his annual budget speech.

The Chicago Democrat has focused on the issue in his re-election bid and brought it up in his State of the State address earlier this year. He's also blasted his Republican opponent Bruce Rauner for changing his stance on it.

Instead, Quinn used his budget speech to talk about keeping the state's temporary income tax increase and relief for homeowners.

Quinn has said he wants the state's $8.25 rate to be at least $10 by year's end.

Quinn's first political ad focused on his Republican rival's changing stance. Rauner initially said he'd cut it, but now says he'd raise it under the some circumstances.