Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is raising the minimum wage for some workers.
He signed an executive order Wednesday that will require city contractors to pay workers at least $13 per hour.
The city’s current living wage rate is $11.70 per hour.
The mayor says his order will affect about 1,000 workers employed by companies that do business with the city, but he’s hoping the move will eventually raise the pay of some 400, 000 working in Chicago.
Last week, Emanuel said he would ask the city council to raise the city’s minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2018.
In the November elections, Illinois voters will decide on a non-binding referendum to raise the state’s minimum wage.