Minimum wage earners in Chicago will begin seeing a bump in their paychecks this month.
Ahead of Wednesday’s City Council meeting, activists were celebrating the looming rise in the minimum wage in Chicago.
With the minimum wage in Chicago about to rise to $10 an hour next month, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was set to begin an effort to help educate workers on what’s in store.
About two thousand McDonald’s workers demonstrated for higher wages at the chain’s corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.
A series of protests across the country was planned for Wednesday, as activists planned their biggest push yet for a $15-an-hour minimum wage.
Approximately 90,000 McDonald’s employees working at company-owned stores will start getting slightly larger paychecks this summer, and will even receive paid vacation, as the fast food chain seeks to attract more reliable workers.
The Chicago Teachers Union has stepped up the fight to increase the minimum wage in Chicago, demanding better pay for non-union workers at the Chicago Public Schools, and mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia has joined their effort.
A Chicago cab driver who sued the city in an effort to get cabbies classified as government employees has been slapped with a $10,000 bill for the city’s legal costs.
Fast food and home healthcare workers were rallying in the River North neighborhood early Thursday, hoping to keep the pressure on state lawmakers to raise the minimum wage.
The Illinois Senate has passed legislation that would raise the state’s minimum wage.
Illinois lawmakers face a number of issues as they wind down their fall veto session but won’t consider increasing the state’s minimum wage. Votes could come Wednesday on an expanded election law and a state health-insurance exchange.
Aldermen have overwhelmingly approved a plan to gradually raise the city’s minimum wage to $13 an hour over the next five years.
Aldermen have set the stage to hike the city’s minimum wage to $13 an hour over the next four-and-a-half years, under a measure the City Council is expected to approve Tuesday.
The City Council Committee on Workforce Development on Monday backed the mayor’s plan to raise the minimum wage in Chicago to $13 an hour by 2019, and sent the measure to the full City Council for a vote on Tuesday.
A special council meeting will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to a notice posted on the city clerk’s website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.