Sneed: Mayor helps draft minimum wage hike ordinance
By Michael Sneed February 4, 2014 7:22PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks onto members of the City Council before the start of the budget meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, November 26, 2013. | Michael Jarecki/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 6, 2014 6:58AM
Gaging the wage . . .
Luck, pluck and a buck.
◆ Translation: Sneed is told Mayor Rahm Emanuel has helped draft a City Council ordinance which calls for a $1 increase in the minimum wage for the next two years — and then pegs the minimum wage to inflation.
“We have an ordinance drafted — and will introduce it if the state and federal government don’t move on a minimum wage increase in the next few months,” said a top mayoral source.
◆ To wit: Word is Rahm, who led the effort in Congress to pass the last increase in 2009 and embraced the idea when Ald. Will Burns (4th) raised it last month. . . and has been working with Burns and Ald.Ameya Pawar (47th) on the potential ordinance.
◆ Tough shot: “Right now, the minimum wage is not attached to inflation,” said the source. “Under the mayor’s plan, it would increase as inflation does.”
◆ End shot? “The mayor has seen how politics is played on this issue every few years, and suggested pegging future increases to inflation so that this fight would not happen again,” added the source.
Dribble data . . .
Hoop du jour: Gov. Pat Quinn, a Georgetown University alum, and GOP gubernatorial hopeful State Sen. Kirk Dillard, a DePaul University grad, were spotted chatting during Monday’s duel between both schools’ basketball teams at Allstate Arena.
◆ Upshot: Quinn’s Hoyas beat the Blue Demons.
◆ Chirped an observer: “Maybe they could have had a free throw contest at halftime to see who gets to live in the Governor’s Mansion!”
The women’s room . . .
Watch for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to launch a new Special Victims Unit to step up the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women and children.
The Special Division on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence will merge the sex crimes and domestic violence units of the office together with the State’s Attorney’s task force that investigates Internet crimes against children. The marching orders will be to target pedophiles, rapists and domestic abusers with unprecedented manpower and resources.
Sneed hears Alvarez has been bothered by the increasing number of cases her office is handling involving children being lured and sexually assaulted via the Internet and social media.
“Some of the most disturbing cases involve children being raped and having the pictures posted on Facebook and other forms of social media,” said an Alvarez source.
The unit will also be working to strengthen laws that protect women and children and will also pursue a wide scale public awareness campaign.
French President Francois Hollande, who is mired in a rather messy private life, will be hosting the world’s uber-royal couple, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, 87, and her husband, Prince Philip, 92, at the Elysee Palace in June.
◆ Since Hollande’s very public split with his “consort,” Valerie Trierweiler, 48, after his affair with actress Julie Gayet, 41, was exposed . . . both women have remained mum and glum.
◆ Rationale: Buckingham Palace formally announced Monday that the royal couple will travel to Normandy on June 5 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings during World War II.
Bernanke snackie . . .
The farewell party last week for outgoing Fed chair Ben Bernanke, a big baseball fan, included Bernanke baseball cards printed with the stat he survived on Hot Pockets when he began hunkering down in the board dugout.
Dud duds . . .
A SCOTUS notus: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito doesn’t like his court apparel. He lamented in a Monday speech to a bunch of legal eagles in Palm Beach, Fla., their clothes are “the plainest” of all major courts in the world and “We ought to give ourselves better robes.”
Sneedlings . . .
Wednesday’s birthdays: Bobby Brown, 45; Michael Sheen, 45; Laura Linney, 50, and happy belated to Marilyn Bernson, 60.