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Quinn promises more jobs, but doesn`t say how in State of State address

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Gov. Quinn also promised Wednesday to "create more jobs."

But, with Illinois suffering the worst unemployment in the Midwest, his State of the State address offered very few details

The governor blamed Illinois's shrunken job market, the state has 600,000 fewer jobs than it used to, on his predecessors.

Quinn's election year narrative is that he's made tough, painful decisions in his five years as chief executive, setting the stage for future growth.

"I'm laying out a five-year blueprint for jobs and economic growth in Illinois. It's a blueprint that builds on the foundation that we have laid out these past five years," Quinn said.

It was more a vague sketch than a blueprint.

Among the few, new specific proposals, creating an office of Small Business Advocate and asking legislators to reduce a small business set up fee from $500 to $39.

Some business groups complained that $461 savings would be dwarfed by new costs from Quinn's proposal to raise the state minimum wage to at least $10 an hour, and to require employers provide at least two paid sick days a year.

"We need to help our workers, especially our single parents, avoid that awful choice of dragging themselves from a sick bed to work, or losing a day's pay or even their job," Quinn said.

"It's going to curtail hiring. And it's going to have the opposite effect to what's intended. This is, again, a bad idea. Our minimum wage is already the 4th or 5th highest in the country," Senator Ron Sendack said. "Less government, less regulations, that'll encourage business to hire people. That'll make more taxpayers."

Gov. Quinn rejected that approach as inherently unfair, quoting Pope Francis.

"Say no "to an economy of exclusion and inequality." No to a world in which "the powerful feed upon the powerless,"" Quinn said.

The governor's staff promised he will provide more details next month when he delivers his budget address

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