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Emanuel bolsters commitment to $13-an-hour minimum wage

Ald. Bob Fioretti |  Sun-Times Library

Ald. Bob Fioretti | Sun-Times Library

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Updated: September 28, 2014 6:24AM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday he’ll ask the City Council to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2018, no matter what the outcome of a statewide referendum on the issue or how the Illinois General Assembly responds to those nonbinding results.

Emanuel has been using the minimum wage issue to counter the “Mayor One Percent” label slapped on him by his critics and cut into the progressive political base of his two strongest challengers: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd).

Neither Lewis nor Fioretti have formally declared their candidacies for mayor. Lewis has opened a campaign fund to start raising money to bankroll a race against Emanuel. Fioretti is surveying supporters on whether they want him to run for mayor.


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