Quinn proposes raising Illinois minimum wage

11:17 PM, Feb 6, 2013   |    comments
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed raising Illinois' minimum wage from $8.25 to $10 an hour.

He outlined the plan during his annual State of the State speech before lawmakers on Wednesday.

Quinn says nobody should work 40 hours a week and live in poverty. The federal rate has been $7.25 an hour since 2007.

The current Illinois rate took effect in July 2010, when it increased by a quarter. The U.S. Department of Labor says only two other states - Washington and Oregon - have a minimum wage higher than Illinois.

A proposal to raise the minimum wage came up in the state Senate last year but wasn't called for a floor vote.

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