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Candidate's Evolving Stance On Minimum Wage



(AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's stance on the minimum wage is again under scrutiny.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday that the businessman once favored eliminating Illinois' minimum wage. The newspaper cites a January interview with Bloomington's WJBC-AM.

Rauner's evolving stance created waves during the four-way Republican primary.

Last September he said he was "adamantly" opposed to an increase.

At a December forum Rauner said he'd support lowering Illinois' $8.25 rate to the federal $7.25 rate.

He later called that a mistake and now favors raising it under certain circumstances.

Raising the rate is a major campaign issue for Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

Voters will see a non-binding minimum wage question on November's ballot.

Rauner's spokesman says Rauner has already acknowledged his past minimum wage statements were a mistake. 

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