Quinn, Daley Speak at Labor Day Picnic

September  03, 2013

Two democratic gubernatorial candidates were in the Quad Cities Monday to honor the working class, and campaign for the state's top seat. Incumbant Governor Pat Quinn and democratic challenger Bill Daley attended the 46th Annual "Salute to Labor" Chicken Fry in Hampton to address one important issue: jobs.

Bill Daley, former Chief of Staff to President Obama and Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton, says it's not acceptable that Illinois has one of the worst unemployment rates in the country.

"Unless the governor and his supporters believe this is OK, I don't see any game plan to change it," said Daley. "Why does that state across the river have a lower unemployment rate than we do? Maybe it's because they don't have a game plan. I think it's hard to differentiate between the rhetoric and the policies and the results."

In Quinn's remarks to the audience, he called for an increase to the minimum wage, from $8.25 to $10 an hour. And he said besides Michigan, Illinois has created more jobs than any other state in the Midwest since the recession began.

"We work every day on jobs," said Quinn. "As a matter of fact, we have to recover from what the bankers did to our housing and to everything else in our state of Illinois and across America. Now that's why we're building a new university at Western Illinois University at Qua Cities. That's why we're building roads and bridges all across Illinois. To put people back to work."

Governor Quinn and Daley were in the Quad Cities yesterday for the 46th Annual "Salute to Labor" Chicken Fry in Hampton. 

Tuesday is the first day candidates in Illinois can start gathering signatures to get on  next year's primary ballot.