CHICAGO - A Friday morning Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration brought together some of Illinois' top liberals, including U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Gov. Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Enamuel, the Rev. Michael Pfleger, and Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, among others.
Speaking at the event, Emanuel focused his comments on economic opportunity in coordination with President Obama's new income inequality campaign. Unfortunately, a person protesting Emanuel's closure of some Chicago Public Schools and the economic uncertainty it brought disrupted the proceedings by heckling another speaker.
U.S. Senator Richard "Dick" Durbin used his time at the podium to promote raising the state's minimum wage, which critics say will drive jobs out of the state and aggravate income inequality.
Durbin also used his time to take a swipe at GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner who has argued that the minimum wage should be reduced, or at least brought in line with the federal minimum wage, in order to create a more friendly business climate in Illinois.