The top Republican in the Illinois Senate expects the State of the State address to be mostly political. It is an election year, and Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno expects the governor’s speech Wednesday to focus on issues that he’ll highlight in his re-election campaign, such as raising the state’s minimum wage. Radogno and other Republicans oppose that increase.
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“I think our attitude is let’s let it be where it is,” Radogno said. “In my view, minimum wage is the wrong question to be talking about. What we need to be talking about is how do we make sure people have access to living-wage jobs.” Radogno also predicts the governor will advocate moving the state to a progressive income tax system, another measure that Republicans oppose, and one that would require a constitutional amendment to implement.