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GOP candidate Rauner flips stance on minimum wage

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 1:00 p.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says his comments calling for a cut to Illinois' minimum wage were a "mistake" and he's now in favor of the opposite.

The businessman told The Associated Press Thursday that he'd support raising Illinois' $8.25 hourly rate, but only under the right circumstances. That includes if the national wage is increased or if Illinois first accomplishes reforms to workers compensation and other issues.

During a debate last month, Rauner said he'd advocate pushing Illinois' minimum wage back to the $7.25 national rate.

The minimum wage debate is a prominent issue in the 2014 campaign.

Gov. Pat Quinn is pushing for an increase of at least $10 an hour.

The three other Republican gubernatorial candidates say they don't favor an increase, arguing it kills jobs.

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