Chris Christie brought checks to the fundraiser totaling $4 million, demonstrators shouted, "Illinois is not for sale."
"We cannot and we will not stand silent while workers are impoverished through the supply chains of big business and attacked by their own governments."
A total of 4.7 million moms and their families would see an increase in wages. That's one fifth of all working moms and their families who would benefit.
The pay hike would start Jan. 1 under new contracts that fast food firms would sign with the military PXs, where military personnel and families buy food and goods at reduced rates.
The labor-backed campaign to raise the minimum wage resumed as the "Raise The Wage" bus headed for more states, while Maryland became the second state to enact a multi-year hike of the wage to $10.10 an hour.
That announcement by Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, brought cheers from a jammed Capitol rally after the labor-backed "Raise The Wage" bus ended its 11-state tour by halting at the foot of Capitol Hill.
"Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) has voted against every minimum wage increase since he's been in the U.S. Senate, but he's voted for his own raise and now he's worth $25 million."
A Center for American Progress report found that raising the minimum wage will not only benefit workers and the local economy, but also will reduce taxpayer costs.
The campaigns, for legalizing undocumented people and for raising the minimum wage, show labor's determination to get out in the streets and make unionists' voices heard.
They urged other politicians, notably lawmakers in Congress, to follow his lead and raise the national minimum wage.