Gov. Pat Quinn has pledged to live off a minimum wage budget income. Quinn agreed to do so on Sunday after being asked by U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL,9), who recently participated in the week-long "Live the Wage Challenge." The congresswoman had to live off an income of just $77 for one week's time.
Other details including the time period of Quinn's minimum wage challenge were not specified at Sunday's campaign event in Chicago, which centered around the advisory ballot referendum on hiking the state's base hourly wage from the current $8.25 to $10.
"There's a principle as old as the Bible," the governor said, reported the Associated Press. "If you work 40 hours a week, if you're doing your job, you shouldn't have to live in poverty."
Quinn's GOP opponent Bruce Rauner, meanwhile, backs a boost to the national wage floor, the candidate's spokesman Mike Schrimpf told the AP.
"In his jobs and growth agenda, Bruce put forward a plan on how the Illinois minimum wage can be raised," Schrimpf added.
Read about the Live the Wage Challenge here.