Gov. Quinn to live off equivalent of minimum wage
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:49:20 GMT —
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has agreed to briefly live on the equivalent of a minimum-wage salary as he rallies support for a ballot measure.
Quinn and other Democrats spoke at a Chicago campaign event Sunday about the non-binding measure on the Nov. 4 ballot. It asks if the minimum wage should be raised from $8.25 to $10.
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky said she's lived for a week on a minimum-wage income. She then asked Quinn if he would do the same. He answered, "Yes."
It wasn't immediately clear what that would entail for Quinn. But Schakowsky says her expendable income for the week was $11 a day.
Quinn's Republican opponent, Bruce Rauner, has said he's open to raising the minimum wage. But he'd want to tie it to business reforms.
The Quincy community however seems to be torn over the issue of raising minimum wage.
"I am a family of 5 children and I'm working two jobs at the moment anyways just to make ends meet,â?? Marya Davis said.
Davis is a CNA for a senior center here in Quincy. She also said says her husband has to work two jobs to help support the family.
"I don't think minimum wage should be raised at all,â?? Quincy Park District worker, Alex Altmix, said. â??You know if you work enough hours you can get what you need, I mean obviously it's not as great if you go to college and get a high paying job, but you know it can definitely get you by."
The Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce is also against the wage hike. The Chamber said increased wages would discourage employers to hire new employees, and would cause business prices to go up.
KHQA Multimedia Journalist Jack Pluta added local content to this Associated Press story.