Governor Pat Quinn is marking Labor Day by renewing his call to raise the state’s minimum wage.
Quinn notes that even though Illinois’s wage of $8.25 an hour is higher than the federal standard, it translates to an annual salary that is well below the poverty line for a worker trying to support a family. Quinn wants lawmakers to boost the state’s rate to $10 an hour.
At a Chicago church sunday, Quinn pointed out that the current wage is less than half the average hourly wage in the U.S…. and far below the estimated $3,000 an hour that major corporation CEOs receive.