CARBONDALE - From his statewide bus tour Thursday, GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is reversing a comment he made at a Moline candidates' forum in December in which he said he'd be for lowering Illinois' minimum wage a dollar an hour to tie it to the national minimum wage.
“I will advocate moving the Illinois minimum wage back to the national minimum wage. I think we’ve got to be competitive here in Illinois. It’s critical we’re competitive," Rauner said. "We’re hurting our economy by having the minimum wage above the national. We’ve got to move back to the national.”
“I made a mistake. I was flippant and I was quick. ...I should have said, ‘Tie the Illinois minimum wage to the national wage and, in that context, with other changes in being pro-business, I support raising the national minimum wage.’ I’m OK with that.”