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Small-business owners tell Emanuel they back minimum-wage hike

Mayor Rahm Emanuel attends roundtable discussiincreasing minimum wage with minority-owned business owners. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Mayor Rahm Emanuel attends a roundtable discussion on increasing the minimum wage with minority-owned business owners. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

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Updated: July 28, 2014 7:27PM



Progressive small-business owners in Chicago voiced their support Monday for raising the minimum wage, but most said the move would still cost them.

They agreed that neither they nor their employees can live on minimum wage, especially if they live in Chicago, and that it’s essential to have “happy” employees. Satisfied employees are productive, more loyal, stay on the job longer and have no need to report to work exhausted because they’re working second and third jobs to pay the bills, said the seven small-business owners who spoke Monday at Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s invitation during a roundtable at Dimo’s Pizza in the Wicker Park neighborhood.

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