The Irony Of Illinois Election Results Is Hard To Ignore

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Bruce Rauner (The AP)

Illinois voters appear to have exercised some cognitive dissonance at the polls Tuesday night.

Voters overwhelmingly supported a referendum to raise the state’s hourly minimum wage to $10 from $8.25 by 2015, while at the same time voting for the gubernatorial candidate who’s gone on record as being highly unlikely to ever make that a reality.

The nonbinding referendum was among several on the Illinois ballot. State Democrats had hoped the measures would spur progressive voter turnout Tuesday. But, just like in several other states on Election Day, the progressive issues in Illinois fared pretty well; the progressive candidate, not so much.

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