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Illinois veto session: Lawmakers, Pat Quinn may push minimum wage hike

FILE - This May 6, 2014, file photo shows Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn as he is seen at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Becoming a governor can take years of paying political dues and a grueling nomination battle. Once itís gotten, keeping the power tends to be easier. Incumbents are tough to beat, particularly when the economy is on the upswing. Thatís the case this year when 36 states pick governors. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
FILE - This May 6, 2014, file photo shows Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn as he is seen at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Becoming a governor can take years of paying political dues and a grueling nomination battle. Once itís gotten, keeping the power tends to be easier. Incumbents are tough to beat, particularly when the economy is on the upswing. Thatís the case this year when 36 states pick governors. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers are reconvening for the final scheduled week of their fall veto session. They are expected to make a push to advance a proposal increasing the state's minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2017.

Republican governor-elect Bruce Rauner is scheduled to make an appearance Tuesday morning at the state Capitol.

Gov. Pat Quinn's office says the outgoing governor has been meeting with lawmakers and gathering support for the proposal.

The legislation is being considered as Chicago officials have called an "emergency" meeting Tuesday to consider raising the city's minimum wage. Aldermen are concerned lawmakers will pass legislation restricting cities' ability to set their own rate higher than state rates.

Lawmakers could also make permanent changes to statewide election law approved for the Nov. 4 election.

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