minimum wage

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Minimum Wage Hike Supporters Seek Action During Veto Session

With state lawmakers set to return to Springfield for three days of veto session later this week, and then again in early December, advocates for a higher minimum wage were urging the legislature to act on a measure to increase the minimum wage in Illinois to $10 an hour.

11/18/2014

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner declares victory during his election night gathering while incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is yet to concede on November 4, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Rauner leads by over 170,000 votes with 98 percent reporting. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

Rauner Still Not Giving Details On Economic Plans

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner remained mum Wednesday when it came to specifics for his short-term economic plans for Illinois, ahead of a meeting with the state’s top lawmakers.

11/07/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel votes early in the 2014 General Election, at 69 W. Washington St. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Mayor Votes Early, Pushes Minimum Wage Hike

Mayor Rahm Emanuel cast his ballot in the race for governor on Wednesday, to make a point about early voting, and what’s at stake in next week’s elections.

10/29/2014

Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner

Vallas Renews Quinn Campaign Attack On Rauner’s Minimum Wage Stance

Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate on Thursday was leading the charge over the latest reports Republican challenger Bruce Rauner’s past support for reducing the minimum wage.

09/04/2014

Fast food workers demanding a $15-an-hour minimum wage blocked 87th Street between State and Wabash during a sit-in that was part of a nationwide series of protest rallies on Thursday. (Credit: Susanna Song/CBS)

Fast Food Workers Arrested At Minimum Wage Protest Rally

Several protesters were arrested Thursday morning on the South Side, after blocking 87th Street in front of a McDonald’s and a Burger King, as part of a nationwide effort to get fast food restaurants and other businesses to pay workers at least $15 an hour.

09/04/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses the shooting death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Signs Order To Boost Minimum Wage For City Contractors

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has signed an executive order requiring city contractors and their subcontractors to pay a minimum wage of at least $13 an hour.

09/03/2014

(File photo credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Demonstrators Call For Raising Minimum Wage At Rally Outside Pullman Walmart

Some four dozen demonstrators gathered as close as they could get to the Walmart in Pullman to demand a boost in the minimum wage, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

09/01/2014

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanue. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Emanuel Wants State To Act Before Raising Chicago Minimum Wage To $13 an Hour

Mayor Emanuel says he’s committed to raising the minimum wage in Chicago to $13 an hour regardless of what happens at the state and federal levels, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

08/26/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Mayor Introduces Minimum Wage Increase To City Council

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced a plan to the City Council to gradually increase the minimum wage in Chicago to $13 an hour.

07/30/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Politicians, Activists Hold Rally On Minimum Wage Referendum

Politicians trying to raise the minimum wage say they’ve done their part, and now it’s your turn.

07/27/2014

Money

Fast Food Workers Attend Convention To Plan Push For Higher Minimum Wage

Fast food workers are attending a first-ever convention in Villa Park today… as they discuss ways to escalate their growing campaign for better wages, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

07/26/2014

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner discusses plans to revamp property, income, and sales taxes in Illinois. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/CBS)

Rauner Announces Plan To Overhaul Income, Property, Sales Taxes

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner on Thursday offered a plan to revamp the state’s tax system, and voiced support for raising the minimum wage, coupled with business reforms.

07/17/2014

Activist Adeline Bracey and other minimum wage workers say the mayor's plan to raise the  Chicago minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2018 isn't enough. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/CBS)

Workers, Activists Say Mayor’s Minimum Wage Plan Not Good Enough

Minimum wage workers and community activists came to City Hall on Wednesday to say Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to gradually raise the city’s minimum wage to $13 per hour by 2018 is too little, too late.

07/09/2014

Ald. Will Burns (at podium) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left) discuss a task force's recommendation to raise Chicago's minimum wage to $13 per hour by 2018. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Mayoral Task Force Recommends $13-An-Hour Minimum Wage By 2018

The panel 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.

07/08/2014

Brad Schneider

Congressman Brad Schneider Favors Raising Federal Minimum Wage

North Shore Congressman Brad Schneider says he is strongly behind efforts on Capitol Hill to increase the federal minimum wage, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

06/29/2014

Money

Minimum Wage Panel To Hold Public Hearing Monday Evening

As the City of Seattle starts to raise its minimum wage to $15-an hour, Mayor Emanuel’s hand-picked panel is preparing to hold its first public hearing on how Chicago might raise the minimum wage here, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

06/03/2014

City Hall

Aldermen Push For $15-An-Hour Minimum Wage

Sponsors said large corporations would get two years to phase in the higher wage. Small and mid-sized businesses would have five years.

05/28/2014

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Aldermen Proposing To Raise City Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour

Should the city of Chicago increase the minimum wage? On Wednesday, a group of aldermen plan to propose an ordinance eventually raising it to $15-an-hour.

05/27/2014

McDonald's

More Than 100 Demonstrators Arrested Outside McDonalds HQ For Minimum Wage Protest

More than half of the McDonald’s staff at its corporate headquarters was told to work from home on Wednesday, because the threat of demonstrations by minimum wage workers forced the company to close an office building.

05/21/2014

Illinois House Of Representatives

Madigan Advances Minimum Wage Ballot Question

Weeks after it became clear Illinois Democrats were struggling to find the necessary votes for legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage, House Speaker Michael Madigan began advancing the issue by another route, in a move laced with political calculation.

05/16/2014

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