Rauner Abruptly Reverses Course On Lowering Minimum Wage

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In a stunning reversal, Illinois billionaire and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says he supports increasing the state’s minimum wage after facing a backlash over a comment that appeared to endorse the exact opposition position on the heated issue.

At a candidates forum last month, Rauner said he “advocate[s] moving the Illinois minimum wage back to the national minimum wage” to keep the state “competitive,” the Chicago Sun-Times notes, which would mean reducing Illinois’ current minimum wage of $8.25 an hour to the current federal minimum wage of $7.25.

“I never said that,” Rauner told the Sun-Times of his apparent support for decreasing the Illinois minimum wage, which surfaced this week in a report from the Illinois Radio Network.

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