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Chicago Pols Push For $15/Hour ‘Living Wage’

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Janah Bailey is a fast-food worker who is seeking a $15 minimum wage.

Janah Bailey is a fast-food worker who is seeking a $15 minimum wage.

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Even as President Obama and Governor Quinn push for a $10 an hour minimum wage across the state and nation, there’s a referendum on some Chicago ballots to boost the pay even higher.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports that aldermen like the South Side’s Leslie Hairston say $10 isn’t enough.

They back a ballot measure calling on major corporations to pay a $15 an hour “living wage” so workers aren’t stuck in poverty.

Fast Food worker Janah Bailey says for companies making millions, this is only fair:

But retailers insist they’d be forced to hire fewer people if pay were higher.

Ald.Toni Follkes, a former food service worker, says she knows from experience you can’t really feed a family on $10 an hour.

Gloria Warner, president of the group “Action Now” says a strong advisory vote for $15 an hour will send a message.

Several wards will vote on the measure March 18.

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