OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
CITY OF CHICAGO
December 2, 2014
TO THE HONORABLE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO
Ladies and Gentlemen:
I transmit herewith, together with Aldermen Patrick O'Connor, Burns, Dowell, Hairston, Sawyer, Holmes, Harris, Beale, Balcer, Cardenas, Thompson, Thomas, Lane, Cochran, Brookins, Chandler, Solis, Burnett, Graham^ Reboyras, Suarez, Mell, Austin, Colon, Sposato, Mitts, Cullerton, Laurino, Cappleman, Pawar, Osterman, Moore and Silverstein, an ordinance regarding the minimum wage.
Your favorable consideration of this ordinance will be appreciated.
Very truly yours,
WHEREAS, The City of Chicago is a home-rule unit of government under Article VII, Section 6(a) of the 1970 Constitution of the State of Illinois and, as such, may exercise any power and perform any function pertaining to its government and affairs; and
WHEREAS, Promoting the welfare of those who work within the City's borders is an endeavor that plainly meets this criterion; and
WHEREAS, After years of inaction by the United States Congress, it is time for cities and states to lift families out of poverty and stimulate the economy by raising the minimum wage; and
WHEREAS, A coalition of advocates and elected Illinois officials are leading an effort in Springfield to raise the state minimum wage, but,,due to Chicago's higher cost of living, the proposed state increase is not enough; and
WHEREAS, Enacting a minimum wage for workers in Chicago that exceeds the state minimum wage is entirely consistent with the Illinois General Assembly's finding that |t "is against public policy for an employer to pay to his employees an amount less than that fixed by" the Illinois Minimum Wage Law, 820. ILCS 105/2; and
WHEREAS, On May 20, 2014, Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed a diverse group of community, labor, and business leaders, representing a cross-section of the numerous perspectives on this issue, and tasked them with developing a balanced p...Click here for full text