Election Day is less than a week away, and Bruce Rauner is still trying to clear up his position on the minimum wage. In the past, he has favored lowering or eliminating it, and now his stance is he would raise it—but only if what he calls “pro-business” reforms are attached. When Rauner was asked what he’d do if the General Assembly gave him a bill without those reforms, he didn’t answer.
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“The most important thing is we grow and we need a comprehensive reform package as part of raising the minimum wage,” Rauner said. Rauner claimed it’s Gov. Pat Quinn who has failed to make the issue a priority until this year, saying Quinn has been in office six years and not raised the minimum wage. The state’s minimum wage has increased during Quinn’s tenure – in 2009, 2010 and 2011 – but it was due to legislation signed before he took office as governor.