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A New Minimum Wage in Illinois?

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Illinois’ minimum wage could become a key issue in the gubernatorial race.

The day after Judy Baar Topinka won the Republican primary last week, Governor Rod Blagojevich announced that he would raise the minimum wage to $7.50 per hour.

Topinka called Blagojevich’s proposed minimum wage increase a giveaway program.

About fifty people protested this morning in front of Topinka’s campaign office.

Most of them are with the Service Employees International Union.

The union has been one of the biggest contributors to Blagojevich’s campaign fund.

Julie Santos helped organize today’s rally... she says the rally is about working families, not politics.

She say, “Why is Judy Baar Topinka so against the poor hard working class citizens of the state of Illinois?”

A spokesman for Topinka says the governor has democratic majorities in both houses and if he wanted to raise the minimum wage, he could do it now.

A Blagojevich spokesman says the governor is not currently considering any legislation to raise the minimum wage.

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