CHICAGO - As reported on Illinois Review last weekend, Chicago businessman and GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner and his wife Diana revealed their choice in the GOP two-way primary race for state treasurer. The Rauners wrote maxed out by each writing a check for $5300 - totaling $10,600 - to State Rep. Tom Cross (R-Plainfield) rather than DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan.
Wednesday afternoon, Democrat candidate for state treasurer Mike Frerichs denounced Cross for taking money from the Rauners and encouraged Cross to distance himself from Rauner's proposal to drop the state's minimum wage law by $1 per hour.
"Representative Tom Cross has a long history of rejecting minimum wage increases, most recently voting against increases in 2003 and 2006. If Tom Cross had his way, the minimum wage would still be $4.25 cents an hour as it was when he was first elected," Frerich's presser said. "The Cross\Rauner plan to stop an increase or even lower the minimum wage is mean-spirited and would drain millions from our economy and throw thousands more into poverty."
Frerichs said Rauner’s idea was "ridiculous," and went on to say -
"I'm shocked by billionaire Bruce Rauner's attack on working families who are just trying to earn a living. Bruce Rauner says that he wants Illinois to be competitive with surrounding states. If he really means that, then he should join our President in his effort to raise the minimum wage for everyone in this country."
Frerichs suggested that Rauner may have taken his cues from Tom Cross, who in the last ten years voted against raising the minimum wage twice (2003 and 2006) and as recently as last year agreed that raising the minimum wage was a “job killer”.
"It's not surprising that Rauner has partnered with Tom Cross by giving the maximum of $10,600 to Cross' campaign," Frerichs said. "I repudiate Rauner’s race to the bottom in wages and urge people to sign my petition and tell Rauner and Cross to stand with working families and support President Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage.”