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Governor Quinn talks members Fellowship Missionary Babtist Church about violence city Black History Month. |  Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times

Governor Quinn talks to members of the Fellowship Missionary Babtist Church about violence in the city on Black History Month. | Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times

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Updated: March 19, 2013 6:35AM



Gov. Pat Quinn decried the influence of big money in politics Sunday even though a new example of it comes from an advocate of stricter gun control laws, a cause he embraces.

After an appearance at a South Side church, Quinn was asked about New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his political action committee, which has poured $1.4 million into the race for the 2nd Congressional District seat in Illinois. Bloomberg’s spending for candidate Robin Kelly has been designed to winnow the field and hurt the chances in the Feb. 26 primary of Debbie Halvorson, a former congresswoman who has opposed a ban on assault weapons.

Regardless of the issue at hand, Quinn said, “We should not allow anyone with huge amounts of money to dictate the terms of the political debate.”

The longtime populist noted that he signed into law Illinois’ first limits on campaign finance.

State Sen. Toi Hutchinson withdrew from the 2nd District primary Sunday and threw her support to Kelly. Quinn, who has not endorsed a candidate in the race, called Hutchinson “a very hard-working senator. She especially understands the importance of raising the minimum wage, of taking care of the people who don’t have all the breaks in life.”

Quinn spoke with reporters after a visit to Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 4543 S. Princeton, where he called on people of faith to unite behind initiatives to reduce violence, ranging from gun control to more instruction about right and wrong in the home.

He drew cheers from the congregation when he mentioned his proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour from $8.25 an hour over four years. Providing more economic security also will reduce crime, the governor said.

“We can’t have people working 40 hours a week and being in poverty,” he said.



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