minimum wage

A McDonald's employee who walked off the job Thursday speaks to reporters at a rally where hundreds of minimum wage workers called on state lawmakers to approve a $15-an-hour minimum wage in Illinois. (Credit: CBS)

Minimum Wage Workers Keep Up The Fight For $15-An-Hour

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.

12/04/2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

House Adjourns As Senate Passes Minimum Wage Bill

The Illinois Senate has passed legislation that would raise the state’s minimum wage.

12/03/2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Illinois Lawmakers Won’t Vote On 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.

12/03/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and several aldermen discuss the City Council's approval of an ordinance raising the city's minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2019.

Aldermen Approve Plan To Hike Minimum Wage

Aldermen have overwhelmingly approved a plan to gradually raise the city’s minimum wage to $13 an hour over the next five years.

12/02/2014

City Hall

Aldermen Poised To Boost Chicago Minimum Wage To $13-An-Hour

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.

12/02/2014

City Hall

City Council To Vote On Hiking Chicago’s Minimum Wage

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.

12/01/2014

City Hall

Emanuel Asks Aldermen To Raise Minimum Wage To $13 An Hour Over Time

A special council meeting will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to a notice posted on the city clerk’s website.

11/28/2014

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

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