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Illinois Senate leader says he'll push higher minimum wage, 'one-stop shop' for new businesses


SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Senate President John Cullerton says he wants to work with Gov. Bruce Rauner to provide better funding for schools, raise the minimum wage and make it easier to open a new business in Illinois.

Cullerton is a Chicago Democrat who was elected Wednesday to a fourth term as leader of the Illinois Senate.

Democrats hold a veto-proof majority in the Illinois Senate and House. Rauner is a Republican who took office Monday, creating the first divided government in Illinois since 2003.

Cullerton says opening a new business in Illinois is too cumbersome. He says he wants to work with Rauner to create a "one-stop shop" for new companies.

Cullerton also says he looks forward to working with Rauner and lawmakers in both parties to address Illinois' many "tough challenges."

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