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Illlinois Dem leaders urge minimum wage hike

1 month, 3 weeks ago From suntimes.com

Durbin, Quinn and Schakowsky push class warfare

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Illinois Democrats called for an increase in the minimum wage on Sunday and characterized the GOP candidates for governor and U.S. Senate as out-of-touch plutocrats.

“I am not envious of my opponent, who is a multimillionaire,” U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said of state Sen. Jim Oberweis, a dairy magnate from Sugar Grove. “I’m only one Powerball ticket away from having the same amount of money.”

Standing before an array of TV cameras, Durbin, Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky dished out plenty of populist red meat while kicking off the campaign for Quinn’s minimum wage ballot referendum. 

The measure is nonbinding, but proponents hope a “yes” vote will encourage the Legislature to increase the state’s $8.25 minimum wage to $10. 

Republicans have “forgotten” about “the folks who get up before the sun comes up and get on the buses and the CTA and head off for a long day of work at $8.25,” Durbin said. 

Schakowsky said she and her husband tried to live on $77 a week — and challenged Republicans to do the same.  

Meanwhile, Quinn criticized gubernatorial rival Bruce Rauner for shifting his stance on the minimum wage during the Republican primary.  

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