Actor voices opinion on minimum wage debate

- SPRINGFIELD -- A call to raise minimum wage in Illinois is coming from a Hollywood A-lister. Governor Quinn and Martin Sheen joined forces in Chicago Thursday, but it had nothing to do with acting.

The actor is a strong advocate for social justice and he, along with the governor, believes raising the minimum wage would give workers a fair opportunity to live and grow. Governor Quinn proposed raising the minimum wage in his State of the State address earlier this year. He wants it to go up by the end of the year.

Currently, it's at $8.25 in Illinois. He wants it to be over $10/hour, saying the increase is about dignity and decency. Last month, the governor met with President Barack Obama about the same issue. Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.75/hour.

Democrats say raising the wage would boost the economy, strengthen families and communities. Those opposed to the idea, say the minimum wage is not meant to be a living wage and raising it would force business owners to raise prices because of higher operating costs.

President Obama is planning to use his executive authority to get more overtime for millions of workers. The President asked the Labor Department to revamp overtime regulations. The change is for anyone classified by his or her company as an "executive" or "professional."

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