(CBS) — It’s Labor Day, but the candidates for governor are not taking a holiday break.
The unofficial end of summer is also the unofficial beginning of campaign season.
CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports hundreds gathered along Mill Street in Naperville Monday morning to take in the sights and sounds of that western suburbs annual Labor Day festivities. A sometimes driving rain didn’t seem to scare away residents.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was among the marchers. The governor says he’s trying to live for one week on a minimum wage salary. He says it’s all in order to highlight a non-binding referendum on the November ballot calling for the states minimum wage to be increased from $8.25 an hour to $10 an hour.
He lashed out at Bruce Rauner, who earlier in the campaign said he would support rolling back the state’s minimum wage to $7.25 an hour. Quinn calls that heartless.
“My opponent is the most anti-worker candidate in Illinois history. He wants to cut the minimum wage, he had firms that outsourced American jobs to foreign lands. I don’t think that is what we need on Labor Day or any other day in Illinois. We need to raise the minimum wage and keep our jobs right here in our own backyard,” Quinn said.
Rauner later reversed himself on the minimum wage, saying he would support a rise in the minimum wage as long as deductions were added to help businesses.
“We can increase the minimum wage if we do pro-business things as well. We need a booming economy. If we raise the minimum wage up to 10 bucks over time, we put in workers’ comp reform and tort reform we could get a booming economy, rising wages and every family is going to do better,” Rauner said.
Rauner is scheduled to march in Schaumburg’s Labor Day parade, which as of 11 a.m. was being delayed by the rain.