Quinn's Options On Minimum Wage

Dec 4, 2014

Credit WUIS

A final piece of Gov. Pat Quinn's legacy is up in the air as lawmakers leave Springfield without sending him legislation increasing Illinois' minimum wage.
 
Quinn championed the issue during his tough re-election bid. But there are few
options to tackle it before Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner takes office.
 
Quinn can call a special session, but there's the embarrassing risk of
lawmakers refusing to act. He also can attempt to persuade House Speaker Michael
Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton to agree to a special session.
 
Quinn's spokesman says ``all options'' are being considered and Quinn is
calling lawmakers to support an $11 minimum wage, from the current $8.25.
 
Senators approved it, but adjourned Thursday. Cullerton has expressed
willingness to return, but Madigan's chamber adjourned without plans to return.