1/17/2014 11:35:00 AM Durbin calls to raise minimum wage, blasts Rauner
CHICAGO (AP) — Raising Illinois’ minimum wage and a Republican gubernatorial candidate’s changing stance was the main topic of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s speech at an annual breakfast honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Durbin told attendees Friday he’s working with Illinois lawmakers to raise the state’s $8.25 hourly rate. Pushing for an increase is a Democratic strategy nationwide.
Durbin then blasted Republican Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur) for being “out of touch” on the issue. Rauner said he’d advocate for lowering Illinois’ rate to the national $7.25-per-hour. Then said he’d support raising it under certain circumstances.
The topic has been prominent in the gubernatorial primary. The three other Republicans running in the race oppose an increase. They are state Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH’-ur-furd) and state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard.