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Minimum wage, veterans issues dominate Illinois governor's race after Labor Day holiday

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CHICAGO — Illinois gubernatorial candidates are making post-Labor Day appearances with Gov. Pat Quinn publicizing efforts to spend only a minimum wage salary and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner (ROW-nur) hammering the Chicago Democrat's record on veterans.

Quinn has vowed to live on $79 for food and other expenses this week to highlight efforts to raise Illinois' $8.25 rate. He's documenting the promise on social media and told reporters Tuesday that it involves having graham crackers for dinner.

Meanwhile, Rauner says Quinn's policies have indirectly impacted veterans' unemployment. That includes a lack of economic growth that's left a higher rate of joblessness along veterans. He also claims patronage hiring has left out veteran job applicants.

Quinn says Illinois has some of the nation's best veterans' programs.

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