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Should we raise the minimum wage in Chicago?

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Should we raise the minimum wage in Chicago?

The minimum wage could get a boost this week in Chicago and Illinois. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called a special meeting of the City Council tomorrow morning for aldermen to weigh in on a revised wage-hike plan. The mayor wants to boost the minimum wage in phases, until it reaches $13 an hour in 2019. He also wants the wage to be $10 an hour starting next June. Just so you know - our current rate across the state is $8.25. The state legislature may also weigh in this week with their own minimum wage hike. The mayor’s scheduled a committee meeting on this today in a few hours. So we thought we would hold our own unofficial public hearing on what workers should be paid. Joining us in studio today to discuss the possible minimum wage hike is Matt Notowidigdo, labor and healthcare economist from Northwestern. Photo Courtesy of Flickr/ DENIS BOCQUET

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