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Rahm Introduces Minimum Wage Ordinance

Measure would increase minimum to $13 an hour by 2018

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    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced an ordinance that would gradually increase the minimum wage in the city to $13 an hour.

    The proposal would increase the current $8.25 minimum wage by 45 percent over the next four years. If approved by the City Council, wages would increase $1.25 an hour in each of the next three years. A $1 increase would take place in 2018.

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    Emanuel contends the increase would affect more than 400,000 workers in Chicago, about 30 percent of the workforce. He says the hike would add $800 million to the local economy.

    However, restaurant owner Rocky Gupta said Wednesday businesses like his would probably cut staff and raise prices.

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    The Illinois Retail Merchants Association contends the proposed minimum wage hike could drive businesses out of Chicago.