Aldermen aim to raise minimum wage in Chicago - FOX 32 News Chicago

Aldermen aim to raise minimum wage in Chicago

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A group of Chicago aldermen plan to introduce a proposal Wednesday to raise the minimum wage in Chicago to $15 an hour.

That group of ten aldermen say they would like to see the workers make a bit more. They say that wage would provide them with a decent living and provide working families with some of the basic necessities of life. 

Alderman Rod Sawyer says he is extremely excited about the proposal.

"This should have been done a long time ago," he told FOX 32's Darlene Hill.

The proposal could face an uphill fight from small businesses that say those wages would force them to lay off workers and raise prices.

"We are sensitive to the fact that the small businesses may be fearful about this increase in wage but we want to let them know that increasing the wage gives you employees more disposable income they can circulate into the economy. The city will make more in sales tax revenue. All the way around, it is a good thing for all those involved," Sawyer said.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel supports an increase in the minimum wage, but says $15 an hour may be a bit too much. He says he wants to raise the wage to $10 an hour.

Sawyer said while he would love the minimum wage to be increased to $15 an hour, he will be happy with any movement for the increase of minimum wage.

Right now, the minimum wage stands at $8.25.

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