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Rahm Introduces Minimum Wage Ordinance

Measure would increase minimum to $13 an hour by 2018

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Workers May Love It, But Others Warn It Could Be a Job Killer. (Published Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014)

    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.

    Mayor's Task Force Recommends Increase In Minimum Wage To $13/Hour

    [CHI] Mayor's Task Force Recommends Increase In Minimum Wage To $13/Hour
    Workers May Love It, But Others Warn It Could Be a Job Killer. (Published Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014)

    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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    Thousands of workers protested at Mc'Donald's headquarters in Oak Brook. They are demanding the minimum wage be raised to $15. (Published Wednesday, May 21, 2014)

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