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Raising minimum wage debate

Talk of raising minimum wage in the state has been rampant the past few years, but recently the topic has become even more of a priority for Gov. Pat Quinn.

In his 6th State of the Union Address on Jan. 28, President Obama said he would like to start paying some federal employees a minimum of $10.10 per hour. Gov. Pat Quinn is looking to do something similar in Illinois.

While minimum wage is currently at $8.25 an hour, Quinn wants to raise it to at least $10 an hour — $2.75 more than most nearby states. The last time minimum wage was raised in Illinois was 2010.

According to the May 8, 2013 issue of the Chicago Sun-Times, Illinois actually already has the fourth highest minimum wage in the country — and raising it further would result in causing more problems in the competition for jobs.

The debate over raising minimum wage is far from over, but the governor has continued to lobby for the bill to pass through the Senate.

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