v style="margin: 1em 0px; line-height: normal;">Gov. Pat Quinn is in Day 4 of living on a minimum wage budget. The budget is $79 for the week, which he says is what a full-time worker has after housing, transportation and taxes. He’s eating light. “I had a banana again for breakfast. That’s three days in a row, and you have to watch your pennies, and I think it is important to understand that there are many families in Illinois – great families – who are working hard and are getting the minimum wage, which is $8.25 an hour. That is not enough. We’ve gotta raise that wage,” he said.
Click here for summary
Quinn proposed a $10 minimum wage this year, but lawmakers didn’t go along. This is a simulated experience – some would say a stunt – in that Quinn doesn’t have to worry about paying his electricity or phone bill or buying clothes or having money for an emergency.
Serving the areas of Alton, Godfrey, East Alton, Wood River, Roxana, Edwardsville, Jerseyville, Brighton, Bethalto, Grafton, Granite City, Hartford, Highland, Troy, Fairview Heights, Belleville and the surrounding cities.