- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Republican Governor-elect Bruce Rauner says raising the minimum wage is a priority, but only in conjunction with other reforms.

The Winnetka businessman offered a preview of priorities on Thursday during his first public appearance since ousting Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

Rauner took heat during the campaign for changing his stance, once saying he opposed an increase. Quinn made raising the wage a campaign cornerstone. In his concession speech he vowed to continue working to increase it.

Rauner said Thursday he voted for a non-binding ballot measure asking if Illinois’ rate should increase from $7.25 to $10 an hour. But he’s recommending to state lawmakers that they only do so with other business reforms.

Rauner spokesman Lance Trover says Rauner won’t work against Quinn’s efforts to simply raise the rate.



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