CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn is making his push to increase Illinois’ minimum wage by shopping at a Gap clothing store in downtown Chicago.
The chain has instituted a policy of paying entry-level employees a higher minimum wage.
Quinn bought three sweaters for his young nieces on Thursday. The total was about $77 and he paid cash. Quinn called the store an example and added that he got quality clothes at a good price.
Illinois’ minimum wage is $8.25, which is $1 more than the federal wage. Quinn wants to see Illinois’ rate jump to at least $10 by the end of the year.
The issue also is a major campaign theme in his re-election bid against Republican businessman Bruce Rauner.