CHICAGO - As the campaign season heats up, Gov. Pat Quinn announced on Sunday that he had begun a week-long stunt to live on minimum wage part of an effort to build support for a minimum wage referendum that Democrats put on the ballot in November. The referendum is designed to drive Democrat voters to the polls.
Quinn said he would live on $79 budget, which he estimated would be what a minimum wage worker in Illinois would have for food and recreation each week after covering housing, transportation, and taxes.
State Sen. Bill Brady, who ran against Quinn in 2010, calls it a publicity stunt.
"Frankly, it kind of mocks the struggles those who are living on minimum wage are dealing with," Brady said. "It defers the attention that really needs to be focused on creating good paying, career-oriented jobs. That's what we're about."