Gov. Pat Quinn lost his bid for re-election, but he still believes one of his top campaign promises can be fulfilled during the veto session. Quinn says legislators should act on raising the state’s minimum wage to $10 per hour when they return to Springfield next week, especially after the number of “yes” votes on the minimum wage ballot question. “No conditions. The people of Illinois spoke, last week, two-to-one margin, raise the minimum wage. That’s the best way to help many, many people escape poverty,” Quinn said.
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Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has said he hopes “no real significant action” is taken before he is sworn in as governor in January. Quinn disagrees, saying he and other politicians “were not sworn in for part of (their) term.”