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The Raise Chicago Coalition and Alds. Roderick Sawyer (6th ward), John Arena (45th ward) and Joe Moreno (1st ward) introduced an ordinance to the Chicago City Council May 28 that would raise the local minimum wage to $15 an hour. The current minimum in Illinois is $8.25 an hour.
Corporations with more than $50 million annual revenue would have a one-year phase-in period while small- and mid-size businesses would have just over five years.
“Our members are hardworking Chicagoans who care about improving their neighborhoods and have worked tirelessly to get the $15 wage referendum on the ballot. We have gone door-to-door talking to the people of Chicago and they agree that $15 an hour is the minimum needed to survive in Chicago without relying on public assistance,” said Katelyn Johnson, executive director of Action Now, a member of the Raise Chicago Coalition. Other members of the coalition include the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, the Grassroots Collaborative, ONE Northside and SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana.
Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan is seeking a Nov. 4 referendum regarding raising the minimum wage to $10. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has also tasked a Minimum Wage working group with drafting a plan to provide short- and long-term raises for hourly workers, according to Progress Illinois.
Suzanne Hanney, from prepared materials