Gov. Quinn urges Rauner, legislative leaders to continue push to raise Illinois' minimum wage


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CHICAGO — Outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn has some advice for Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner about working with Democratic legislative leaders: Raise the minimum wage.

The Chicago Democrat spoke to reporters Thursday for the first time since conceding to Rauner last week. He appeared at an event launching the second open-enrollment season for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Quinn campaigned on raising Illinois' minimum wage. Voters supported a nonbinding ballot measure on the issue.

Rauner has changed his stance, but now says he supports an increase in conjunction with other reforms.

Rauner met Thursday with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton. He's urged lawmakers not to tackle major issues before he takes office.

But Quinn say lawmakers aren't sworn in for part of a term and it's not a "holiday" for them.

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