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Quinn wants higher minimum wage by Christmas 2014

CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn says he wants to raise Illinois' minimum wage to at least $10 by Christmas of next year.

Quinn, a Chicago Democrat who's seeking re-election, campaigned on the issue in 2010 and mentioned it during his annual address this year.

The minimum wage in Illinois is $8.25. Quinn said Wednesday that raising the wage will help eliminate poverty.

Illinois last raised the minimum wage in 2010. There's legislation pending in Springfield to increase it, including a call for $15 an hour.

However, Republicans and business groups said raising the minimum wage kills jobs. Quinn said that claims are flat wrong.

Some business groups also have accused Quinn of trotting out the issue ahead of the 2014 election.

Quinn said it's not a new issue for him.

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