Tuesday, December 2, 2014


The City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday at a special meeting on a plan by a re-election-seeking Mayor Rahm Emanuel to increase Chicago's minimum wage from $8.25 to $13 an hour by 2019. The proposal advanced after a hearing Monday stretched more than three hours.
In Springfield, supporters of a plan to increase the statewide minimum wage to $10 an hour searched for more votes in the Illinois House as lawmakers returned to town for the final scheduled week of session this year.
Emanuel's decision to quickly push through a city vote would allow the first-term mayor to try to grab credit on a politically popular issue despite intense opposition on one side from the city's retail and restaurant business community and the other side from labor advocates and political opponents who contended it didn't raise the minimum wage far enough. The mayor's fast move also has created confusion in Springfield as business interests have pressed state lawmakers to prevent the city from having a higher rate than the rest of the state.
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