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Quinn praises Gap's decision to raise minimum wage

CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn is applauding Gap's decision to raise the minimum wage for its U.S. workers.

In a statement Thursday, the Chicago Democrat says Gap's decision shows the retailer understands increases wages "makes good business sense." He says Illinois should follow Gap's example.

Gap decided this week to set the minimum wage for its workers at $9 an hour this year and $10 an hour in 2015. The company said the raise will affect 65,000 hourly employees.

Quinn has made increasing the minimum wage a big part of his platform as he seeks another term. He wants Illinois to raise its wage from $8.25 to $10 per hour. He says it's about "dignity and decency."

Opponents say the increase would hurt businesses and prompt them to lay off workers.

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