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On Labor Day, Candidates For Governor Kick Campaigns Into Gear

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer and an opportunity for candidates for Illinois governor to get their campaigns in gear.

On the day that honors American labor, Gov. Pat Quinn was at a parade in Naperville, pushing for an increase in the minimum wage.

Quinn wants workers to be guaranteed at least $10 an hour, up from the current minimum of $8.25.

“No one should work 40 hours a week and live in poverty,” Quinn told CBS 2’s Susanna Song. “Those who do hard work should earn a decent wage.”

The incumbent, speaking to CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine, also took a shot at his Democratic primary opponent, Bill Daley, a former U.S. Commerce secretary.

“He was part of a bank that ran the American economy right into a ditch and caused all this unemployment, so I don’t think he has much to talk about,” Quinn said.

Daley — brother of former Chicago mayor Richard Daley, was in downstate Galesburg at a Labor Day parade. He also supports a hike in the minimum wage.

On the Republican side, Bill Brady was in campaign mode, walking with supporters in Schaumburg’s September Fest parade.

Other GOP hopefuls include Kirk Dillard, who also worked the crowd Monday in Naperville, state treasurer Dan Rutherford and businessman Bruce Rauner.

Rutherford is expected to name Northbrook attorney Steve Kim as his running mate on Thursday.

Dillard will reportedly name Jill Tracy of Quincy as his running mate Tuesday.