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Quinn takes on minimum wage challenge

Quinn takes on minimum wage challenge

Gov. Pat Quinn said Sunday he had begun a weeklong attempt to spend no more than $79 on food and other expenses, part of an effort to build support for a minimum wage referendum that will be on the ballot in November, when voters will also choose between the incumbent Democrat and his Republican challenger. The $79 budget, which Quinn announced at a South Side church, is an estimate that reflects what a minimum wage worker in Illinois can spend each week on food and recreation after covering the costs of housing, transportation and taxes, according to Quinn's re-election campaign. "It's very important, I think, for all of us who are in government to understand what...