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Cook County could vote to raise minimum wage

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Daily Herald

Cook County could vote to raise minimum wage

Daily Herald report

Cook County could raise the minimum wage Wednesday, though it would take effect in the suburbs a year later than in Chicago.

A county board committee Tuesday voted to ultimately increase the wage to $13 an hour, by July 2020,ABC 7 Chicago and the Chicago Tribune reported. The first increase to $10 an hour would take effect July 1, 2017. It would rise to $11 an hour in 2018 and $12 in 2019.

The minimum wage would hit $13 an hour by July 2019 in Chicago, the Tribune reported.

The full county board is expected to seal the deal Wednesday.

Home-rule suburbs could opt out of the increase, but that raises fears of a patchwork of laws throughout the county. Advocates really want the state legislature to enact a new minimum wage instead, the Tribune reported.

Commissioner Richard Boykin of Chicago issued a statement after the board's vote on Tuesday.

"Minimum wage workers deserve a raise," he said in a statement. "Minimum wage workers are not just teenagers or those who are working just to earn a few extra dollars. They are mothers and fathers. They are senior citizens. They are people who cannot survive on $8.25 an hour. And because of the leadership of this Board, they will no longer have to."



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