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Aldermen Call For Living Wage

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Some Chicago aldermen are trying to make big-box retailers in the city pay workers higher wages.

It’s the second time in two years aldermen have introduced such an ordinance.

This time round, the measure would apply to all large retail stores like Wal-Mart and Target doing business in the city. It would require companies to pay workers $10 an hour plus benefits.

Ald. Rick Munoz says the ordinance wouldn’t drive businesses away.

“They always say we’re going to leave. We’re going to shut down,” he says. “They don’t shut down. They don’t leave. The city of Chicago is an economic engine that these businesses have to be a part of, and what we’re saying is, if you want to be in Chicago, you pay a living wage and good benefits.”

But the Illinois Retail Association says the measure could send jobs out of the city and raise prices for consumers.

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