Four hundred thousand people in Illinois make minimum wage, or $17,000 a year.
If a city council proposal passes, they'll make nearly $21,000 by June.
The Raise Chicago Coalition, which has been fighting for years to raise the minimum wage, says this increase is long overdue.
“We need to face the fact that today's minimum wage leaves working people with children in poverty,” said Alejandro Sanchez, member of the Brighton Park neighborhood council.
Under Mayor Emanuel's proposal, the city's minimum wage would go up to $10 by June 2015 and $13 by 2019.
The mayor is pushing this ordinance before the state takes up the measure before the fall veto session.
The proposal would increase the minimum wage 80 cents a year over three years, topping out at $10.65.
Some business leaders and aldermen support the state's gradual plan, calling it more reasonable. They say the mayor's plan would increase business labor costs sharply by 57 percent.
44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney's family has owned Ann Sather restaurants for 35 years. Tunney says he’s not opposed to a wage increase, just not all at once.
“Our jobs were never meant to support a family of four. We don't look at minimum wage. We look at entry level and see how many people we can move into the work force,” Tunney said.