Dem. governor Quinn: Prosperous 40 hour work week ‘as old as the Bible’

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn hearkened back to the Bible for convincing his fellow lawmakers to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.65 per hour.

“It’s important to …educate the folks of Illinois on how important this is,” he told MSNBC last week. “There’s a principle as old as the Bible that if you work 40 hours a week you shouldn’t have to live in poverty.”

The man who took the reins of state government from the imprisoned Rob Blagojevich continued. “This is a fundamental principle that we want to carry out across our state and indeed across our country.”

Considering the 40-hr work week is a creation of recent historical vintage, the former tax attorney may need to brush up on the Good Book. Its focus was not particularly on salary negotiations.


Former political news reporter Richard Berkow lost his idealism in the Kennedy years, and his innocence in Vietnam, Lebanon, and the Soviet Union. He hasn’t mellowed since, and can be harassed at [email protected]


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