Cook County approves $13 hourly minimum wage

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CHICAGO -- The Cook County Board has voted to raise the county's minimum wage to $13 an hour.

That means businesses would be required to boost the wages of their lowest-paid workers.

The raise would come in steps -- $10 an hour next July, $11 the following year, $12 the next and $13 by 2020.

Restaurant owners and many other small businesses that operate on a thin profit margin say the added expense will force them to raise prices and send their customers across the county line to competing businesses.

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