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Economy, minimum wage weigh on minds of Illinois voters


SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — One of the first voters headed into a polling station at a Springfield church summed up the views of those disenchanted with Illinois' direction.

John Ray is a 73-year-old retired union painter and lifelong Democrat from the state capital.

But he voted Tuesday for the Republican candidate for governor because of concerns about the economy under Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn.

Quinn has touted lower unemployment rates, but Ray says he wanted to give businessman and first-time candidate Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) a chance to bring change.

In Chicago, dentist Curtis Robinson voted for Quinn and says he's looking for the governor to act on promises to raise the state's minimum wage. Robinson, who voted on the city's South Side, says people just "can't make it on seven, eight dollars an hour."

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