Chicago City Council considers gun control, minimum wage

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The Chicago City Council is considering a new effort to control the sale of guns in the city.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to limit the places where gun shops may operate.

At a police awards ceremony, the mayor said his plan would outlaw any gun store within 500 feet of a school or park; and all gun buyers would have to be recorded on video making their purchases.

The Supreme Court has given the city until July 14th to enact any new limits on gun sales.

Critics say, if the mayor’s new plan is too restrictive, the courts could strike it down again.

The ordinance will be pushed to committee and likely won’t come up for a vote until next month.

Also at City Hall today, labor activists are hoping for faster action in raising Chicago’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Supports argue the $10 push already being considered by state lawmakers isn’t enough because the cost of living is far higher in Chicago.

The current minimum wage in Illinois is $8.25 an hour.

Another item on the agenda, an ordinance to regulate the ride-sharing industry.

 

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