SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn humble-bragged about everything from the state’s still murky pension reforms to not being Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday in his State of the State-de facto re-election campaign kick of speech.
Quinn outlined an ambitious to-do list: A new multibillion-dollar building program for the state, new “economic blueprint,” a birth-to-5 years old early childhood initiative and, of course, a higher minimum wage.
“I said it last year, and I’ll say it again. It’s time to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to at least $10 an hour,” Quinn said.