As debate about raising the minimum takes place in Congress, GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner told WBGZ today that he believes Illinois should lower its minimum wage to $7.25/hr., saying “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.”
Rauner's GOP opponent State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), was in favor of matching the federal minimum wage in the 2010 election, but thinks raising it to $10 would end up hurting the people that are supposed to benefit from the increase.
“Current people in charge, Gov. Quinn and others, want to capture people at a minimum wage level,” Brady said. “That’s not the opportunity I want to provide.” Illinois last raised the minimum wage to its current level of $8.25 per hour in 2010. If the state raises that to $10, it would have the highest minimum wage in the country.
Dan Rutherford and Kirk Dillard are also not in favor of raising the minimum wage.