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A Chicago City Council committee is meeting Monday to consider a plan to raise the city's minimum wage.

Mayor Emanuel first wanted to hike the minimum from $8.25 an hour to $9.50 an hour next summer, and boost it to $13 an hour by 2018.

Now he supports raising the initial hike to $10 an hour, and giving employers an extra year to reach the $13 level.

Aldermen hope to get something in the books before the Illinois General Assembly takes up the issue during this month's veto session.

There are concerns Chicago's ordinance would be pre-empted by a state law that only raises the minimum wage to 11 dollars an hour through 2017.

The full city council is expected to vote on the Chicago proposal Tuesday.




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  • Diane

    People have learned to pump their own gas. Develop their own photos . Rent their own movies ,video games library books and apply for a job using a kiosk . We self-check our groceries groceries. It won’t take long for Fast food and Carry-Out restaurants to follow suit when the wages bite into the profits.
    There goes entry level jobs and employment for those who little command of the English language.