Governor Quinn again pushes for minimum wage hike

By WEEK Producer

March 13, 2014 Updated Mar 13, 2014 at 10:19 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. – On Thursday, Governor Pat Quinn continued his efforts to raise Illinois' minimum wage accompanied by actor Martin Sheen.

Governor Quinn wants the minimum wage to increase from $8.25 to at least $10.

Last month, Governor Quinn met with President Barack Obama to discuss raising the minimum wage.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.

"I know there's a principal as old as the bible that if you work 40 hours a week and do things right, you shouldn't have to live in poverty,” Quinn said. “That's a fundamental principle that we all believe in and we want to do something about it.”

A full-time minimum wage worker in Illinois makes approximately $17,000 annually which is well below the Federal Poverty Threshold of $19,790 for a family of three.

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