Governor Quinn pushes for minimum wage increase in central Illinois

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today will visit communities across Illinois to talk about raising the minimum wage. The Governor will visit local cafes and fast food restaurants in Kankakee, Champaign, Decatur, Peoria, Galesburg, Moline and Rock Falls, to visit with workers and talk about their experiences. 

The Governor is taking the minimum wage challenge this week, living off $79, the average amount someone working full time on the minimum wage in Illinois earns per week after housing costs, transportation and taxes. This budget will cover Governor Quinn's food and living expenses from Sunday, Aug. 31 through Saturday, Sept. 6.

“Those who think that this challenge is a gimmick should spend one day in a minimum wage workers' shoes,” Governor Quinn said.

Governor Quinn is campaigning to raise the minimum wage in Illinois to at least $10 an hour. By increasing the Illinois minimum wage to $10 an hour, a half-million Illinois consumers will make an extra $4,800 per year.

In June of this year, Governor Quinn signed a law to place a referendum question on the November 4 ballot that asks voters if the state's minimum wage should be raised.

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