- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Several business leaders say a plan to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $13 will put city businesses at a disadvantage and lead to job cuts.

A City Council committee is meeting Monday to advance a proposal to raise the $8.25-per-hour wage. The full council is expected to OK it on Tuesday.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the special meeting amid concerns the Illinois Legislature could vote this week to prevent cities from setting a wage higher than the state’s.

Legislation pending in the General Assembly would increase Illinois’ minimum wage to $11 by 2017.

Leaders of groups such as the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association say they support a “reasonable” and uniform statewide increase. They’ve backed proposals for $10 to $11 per hour.


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