Debating the Chicago minimum wage hike

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The Chicago City Council voted to hike the city's minimum wage from its current $8.25 an hour to $10 next July, and to $13 by 2019.

A state bill would make the new minimum $9 an hour, and only $11 by 2019, and if that bill passes in January, it would effectively prohibit Chicago from enacting additional wage hikes after 2019.

Longtime advocate of the pay increase, Ald. John Arena, 45th Ward,  and owner of BJ's Market and Bakery Hank Meyer, who says that the hike could potentially put him out of business, debated the pros and cons of the wage hike on WGN Morning News Wednesday.

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  • Ann. Ayers

    As the minimum debate continues, I can’t help but wonder, “How much do minimum wage opponents pay babysitters to mind their children and grandchildren?” I was paying a neighborhood college student $10/hr more than a decade and a half ago. Ridiculous debate, in my opinion. Panera, I am disappointed.

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