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Quinn Shops At Gap To Push Minimum Wage Hike

WGIL Newsroom . State News 206

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn is making his push to increase Illinois’ minimum wage by shopping at a Gap clothing store in downtown Chicago.

The chain has instituted a policy of paying entry-level employees a higher minimum wage.

Quinn bought three sweaters for his young nieces on Thursday. The total was about $77 and he paid cash. Quinn called the store an example and added that he got quality clothes at a good price.

Illinois’ minimum wage is $8.25, which is $1 more than the federal wage. Quinn wants to see Illinois’ rate jump to at least $10 by the end of the year.

The issue also is a major campaign theme in his re-election bid against Republican businessman Bruce Rauner.

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