Workers protest poor wages outside a McDonald’s on the North Side. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM Newsadio) CHICAGO (CBS) — Fast-food and retail workers are taking to the streets in Chicago on Wednesday to protest poor wages. Protest For Better Wage It’s part of a nationwide effort, called “Fight For 15,” to pay workers $15 an hour. Right now, most retail and fast-food workers make minimum wage. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. In Illinois, it’s $8.25. Indiana and Wisconsin pay the federal rate, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Similar demonstrations have been held in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.