- Associated Press - Friday, February 21, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is spending several days in the nation’s capital for meetings on raising the minimum wage, education and disaster recovery.

Quinn’s office said Friday that he has meetings at the White House on Friday that’ll focus on raising the rate.

The Chicago Democrat has said he wants to raise Illinois’ $8.25 minimum wage to at least $10 by the end of the year. His push has coincided with a national Democratic push. The federal minimum wage is $7.25.

Some of Quinn’s meetings are in conjunction with the Democratic Governors Association. He’ll also attend a reception at the White House and meet with federal officials on education and business.

On Monday, he’s set to be the keynote speaker at a policy summit on how states recover from natural disasters.

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