CARBONDALE - GOP gubernatorial primary candidate Bruce Rauner said in December that Illinois' minimum wage should be the same as the national minimum wage - $7.25 per hour rather than Illinois' current $8.25 per hour level.
“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.”
Tuesday, on his "Shake Up Springfield" bus tour in Carbondale, The Southern reports Rauner tried to steer around the minimum wage controversy, and walk back his comments, writing:
Rauner would not rule out minimum wage increases or decreases, but he said any change to the minimum wage should be a comprehensive approach that makes labor regulations and the tax burden more attractive to small businesses and improves the education system.