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GOP Candidates Oppose Minimum Wage Increase

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All four Republican candidates for governor are against raising the state’s minimum wage.  Gov. Pat Quinn says he wants to raise it to at least $10 per hour by the end of the year. Bruce Rauner believes Illinois should do the opposite, and lower it to $7.25. “I will advocate moving the Illinois minimum wage back to the national minimum wage. I think we’ve got to be competitive here in Illinois,” Rauner said. 
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State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), who was in favor of matching the federal minimum wage in the 2010 election, says raising it to $10 would end up hurting the people that are supposed to benefit from the increase.  “Current people in charge, Gov. Quinn and others, want to capture people at a minimum wage level,” Brady said. “That’s not the opportunity I want to provide.”  Illinois last raised the minimum wage to its current level of $8.25 per hour in 2010. If the state raises that to $10, it would have the highest minimum wage in the country.
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