News

Quinn and Minimum Wage: “I’m Eating Light”

Quinn and Minimum Wage:  “I’m Eating Light”

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Gov. Pat Quinn is in Day 3 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.

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.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Outbreak of Mumps Affecting Mostly U of I C-U Campus Students

Fresh
university illinois

Sixty people in the Champaign-Urbana have been reported since April as having the mumps -- most of which are from University of Illinois students.

in Local

Weekend Springfield Fires Displace At Least 15

Fresh
fire

Two fires displaced at least 15 Springfield residents over the weekend.

in Local

Teens Arrested for Shooting

Fresh
gun

A Springfield teenager is behind bars for what police suspect was a drive-by shooting Sunday night.

in Local

Education Superintendent: Don’t Judge Me on My Salary

Fresh
Tony Smith

Tony Smith has a $225,000 salary.

in Local

Durbin: Don’t Defund Planned Parenthood

3-9-15 Durbin

Efforts to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood are misguided, according to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).