Brady says Ill. Minimum Wage Should not be above Federal Level; Quinn Supports State Rate

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- But Brady stopped short Friday of saying he would roll back the state wage -- which will go to $8.25 an hour July 1 -- if elected in November.

The state senator from Bloomington says the federal wage of $7.25 should be uniform across the nation so that states with lower rates than Illinois' don't steal jobs away.

A Democratic-controlled Legislature and governor adopted a four-year process that upped the state wage each year. This year's bump is the final step.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn said earlier this week he "fought hard" for the wage increases.


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  • by Frustrated Location: Earth on Jun 28, 2010 at 11:34 PM
    I hate politicians. I think they should work for $7.25 an hour. I also think they should get rid of the illiegal immigrants that have taken many of our jobs. I can just imagine the job increase if they were to leave. I'm sure they don't pay taxes and most of their money gets sent back home where they can live like kings. Thats a big problem with our economy! GET RID OF THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS and be done with it! I'm a single mom of 2 who got laid off from my job where I was making over $16 an hour. I can't find decent work to save my life, and it's to the point where I can't live off of unemployment any longer. Something needs to be done with this country. We need better leaders. President Bush really screwed things up, and Obama is no better.
  • by DAN Location: ROCKFORD on Jun 26, 2010 at 01:36 PM
    HE WANTS TO SOMETHING FOR THE PEOPLE OF ILLINOIS HE SHOULD GO AFTER PEOPLE WHO EMPLOY ILLEGAL IMMERGRANTS THAT TAKE JOBS AWAY FROM PEOPLE THAT WILL PAY HIS PAY CHECK.SOME PEOPLE PAY THESE LAW BREAKER AS LOW AS $5.00 A HOUR THEN THEY DONT PAY ANY TAXES AND SEND THEIR MONEY BACK HOME.THE ONLY WAY THINGS GET BETTER HERE IS WE GET RID OF THE LAW BREAKING ILLEGAL JOB TAKERS AND THE PEOPLE THAT HIRE THEM.
  • by Rick Location: Pecatonica on Jun 25, 2010 at 05:40 PM
    Politicians, keeping legal Americans down for over 200 years. Giving free government health insurance and food handouts to everyone illegal! Yea we can do this and make America strong again... Brady needs to go back to running his sweat shop business.
  • by Cheri on Jun 25, 2010 at 05:37 PM
    Some of us ONLY work ONE day a week and are trying to live in a house and pay bills. It's kinda super hard when you don't make a lot of money and ONLY work ONE day a week because you can't find anymore hours and you can't find another job. People are STARVING, especially since the State doesn't really help people much as it is. Minimum wage should be like other countries at LEAST $10.00 per hour to help people be able to live. I agree with the other poster, maybe Brady should be making $7.25 per hour and see how far he lives and is able to eat and let him work ONE day a week.
  • by Gerry on Jun 25, 2010 at 04:35 PM
    He lost a few votes from this family. That was the wrong thing to blab about at the wrong time. What an idiot.
  • by Joan Location: roscoe on Jun 25, 2010 at 02:20 PM
    Yes, I am sure Brady would enjoy living on $7.25 per hour...perhaps he should give it a shot and see what he thinks??
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