CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel said a task force’s recommendation to raise the city’s minimum age to $13 an hour by 2018 would help businesses and workers alike.
A panel appointed by the mayor has recommended raising the current $8.25 per hour minimum wage in Chicago by $1.25 a year for each of the next three years, followed by a $1 increase in 2018, for a total of $13 an hour in four years.
After that, the panel said annual increases in the minimum wage should be tied to the rate of inflation. The task force approved the recommendation on Monday by a 13-3 vote. The three members of the panel who represent Chicago businesses voted no.
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports the mayor defended his task force’s recommendations. He hopes state lawmakers raise the minimum wage for the all of Illinois first, but the city will likely move regardless.
“Nobody who works should raise a child in poverty. That’s the American way,” Emanuel said.