With the stroke of a pen, President Obama raised the minimum wage for the lowest paid federal contract workers, that includes janitors and fast food workers in federal buildings.
The president also raised the spirits of workers across the country pushing for a higher minimum wage across the board.
That includes Portage Park resident and fast food worker Dawn Moore, who attended the ceremony. Moore says she makes less than 9 dollars an hour at her job at McDonald’s. The 42-year-old says it is almost impossible for her make ends meet and most of her co-workers are in the same situation.
Rob Carr of the Illinois retail merchants association says raising the minimum wage in Illinois would increase the biggest expense for most businesses, labor. He believes it would also limit opportunities especially for younger workers.
Governor Quinn mentioned raising the state minimum wage from $8.25 to at least $10 dollars an hour during his state of the state address.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has also given the wage hike his support.