Governor pushes for minimum wage increase

By WEEK Producer

December 18, 2013 Updated Dec 18, 2013 at 7:31 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Governor Pat Quinn is continuing his quest to raise the minimum wage in Illinois.

The governor first proposed raising minimum wage to $10 an hour during his 2013 State of the State Address.

Quinn continued the campaign Wednesday during a stop at a Chicagoland church.

"One thing we learned at Georgetown is when you have consumer demand, that's the best way to help your economy," he said. "And that's what we've got to do when we raise the minimum wage. We've gotta understand that when we put more purchasing power in the hands of hard working people, they're not going to admire the money in the bank vault, they're going to go out and spend that money."

Minimum wage has not gone up since 2010.

The governor supports raising minimum wage from $8.25 to at least $10 an hour and then tying additional raises in the minimum wage to the cost of living.

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