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Quinn calls for raising minimum wage during speech

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 12:45 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Pat Quinn says raising Illinois' minimum wage is about dignity and decency.

Quinn reiterated his push Wednesday during his State of the State address. He says he wants to raise the state's $8.25 rate to at least $10 an hour.

The Chicago Democrat has wanted to increase the rate for years. Trying to do so has also been part of a national Democratic strategy.

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced plans to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour, a jump over the current federal $7.25 rate.

Minimum wage also has been a major issue on the 2014 gubernatorial campaign trail for Illinois Republicans. Three of the four GOP candidates oppose an increase.

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