“In tonight’s State of the Union address, President Obama outlined a strong set of proposals that will strengthen the middle class and ensure every American has access to educational and career opportunities. I join the president in calling on Congress to quickly to raise the federal minimum wage so that all hardworking Americans can realize the economic security they deserve.
I also applaud the president's call to increase investment in our children's education. Here in Chicago we are pioneering programs in our high schools and community colleges to train our kids to enter college and the workforce. Our College to Careers program, five new STEM high schools, and -- for the first time -- universal full-day kindergarten are the types of investments we should be making on a national level to ensure our children remain the most competitive in the world.”