Special meeting on minimum wage

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By Ashley Lisenby

Digital Editor

The Chicago City Council committee approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to raise the city's minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2019 in a meeting Monday. The approval came a day before the ordinance was brought before the full council in a meeting planned for Dec. 2.

Emanuel's proposal is similar to a bill sponsored by state Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood), who represents parts of Oak Park and River Forest. The bill proposes a wage increase to $11 by 2017.

The Senate Executive Committee voted 10-3 on the bill Nov. 19, sending the ordinance to the full Senate.

Some Council Caucus members are pushing for a $15 minimum wage hike.

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Bob Simpson from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: December 10th, 2014 3:36 PM

According to an MIT study, $11 an hour by 2017 is barely a living wage for a single adult in Cook County. We can do better.

Ned Ryerson from River Forest, Illinois  

Posted: December 4th, 2014 1:50 PM

The language on the ballot indicated that the increase was for people over 18. If so, I think people should agree (and, Gov. Elect Rauner's tradeoffs should be included too) given that it is targeted. If this benefits the kid working at the soda shop; then this needs to be rethought.

John Murtagh from OP  

Posted: December 3rd, 2014 1:12 PM

In 2009, I worked hard to NOT approve the Oak Park Village Living Wage Ordinance proposal that had received a majority vote from the residents for a non-binding referendum. The 2009 Living Wage Ordinance proposal was bad legislation that was negative to OAK Park. I SUPPORT the Illinois Living Wage Ordinance currently under review in Springfield. My shift is a recognition that broader employee eligibility is met and the legislation rules will have needed financial protection.


Posted: December 3rd, 2014 11:08 AM

Does this make east OP more appealing to small businesses? We should use this to our advantage. Gas stations already do

joe from south oak park  

Posted: December 3rd, 2014 10:41 AM

Note the objections made by the aldermen that are small business owners. Once this comes into effect it will result in higher prices, a hiring freeze, layoffs, reduction in benefits or most likely a combination of several or all of these cost cutting approaches. It's going to get a lot harder for a young person to find an entry level job. Not sure that we want a bunch of young people unable to find jobs... That usually doesn't work out very well for a society.


Posted: December 2nd, 2014 2:55 PM

That rushing sound you hear is more Chicago businesses relocating to the suburbs. Should suit us fine.


Posted: December 2nd, 2014 1:55 PM

Thanks for the commercial. It's always great to seen our elected officials continue to solve the pressing issues laid before us. Now we can proceed once again to our insolvency!

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