Gov. Pat Quinn doesnâ€™t want voters to forget about Bruce Raunerâ€™s old stance on the minimum wage.
Quinn is referring to comments Rauner made during a Republican primary forum in December, when he said he would favor lowering the stateâ€™s minimum wage to the federal level, which is $1 lower.
â€śIâ€™m running against somebody whoâ€¦got caught red-handed saying we should cut the minimum wage in Illinois. Thatâ€™s just plain wrong,â€ť Quinn said.
Rauner now says he would not lower the wage, and would support raising it to $10 per hour, but only if the move is coupled with other reforms that he says will help small businesses afford the hike.
â€śWorkersâ€™ comp, tort reform, income tax reduction,â€ť Rauner said.
Rauner says without those reforms, he wouldnâ€™t support raising the wage from its current level of $8.25 per hour. Quinn says there should be â€śno conditions whatsoeverâ€ť on raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour, which he says will help businesses.