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Chicago's minimum wage to increase to $10 an hour on July 1

June 19, 2015
Chicago on July 1 joins a growing list of cities and states to raise the hourly minimum wage for workers, to $10 an hour. The increase was backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and passed last December with a City Council vote of 44-5.
Additional wage hikes will be phased in gradually. After it reaches $13 an hour in 2019, the city’s minimum wage will be pegged to inflation.
Franczek Radelet P.C., the CATA’s labor relations counsel, canvassed the city’s unionized technicians at franchised dealerships in Chicago and found just 16 workers who would not see a raise to the new hourly minimum under the collective bargaining agreement. The firm intends to meet with those workers’ employers to find ways to meet the new $10 hourly minimum.
Meanwhile, Illinois lawmakers are considering a boost to the minimum wage at the state level. Voters backed a hike to $10 on Election Day last November, but that vote was nonbinding.