Progress Illinois: Chicago minimum wage task force gathering public comment – hearings start June 9

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s newly-created Minimum Wage Working Group will hold five hearings to gather public comment about increasing the base hourly wage in the city.

The first public hearing will be held at Kennedy-King College (6301 S. Halsted St.) on Monday, June 9 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., according to the mayor’s office. The location and dates for the other meetings will be posted by the mayor’s office online. The public can also submit comments about the city’s minimum wage on that web page.

The Minimum Wage Working Group, announced by the mayor last month, is tasked with coming up with a plan that provides short- and long-term wage increases for those who are hourly minimum wage and tipped workers. The group is being asked to look into minimum wage increases that have been put in place by other municipalities. The task force’s proposal should also include information on tying the minimum wage increase to inflation. Click through for more details on the task force.

At last month’s Chicago City Council meeting, a group of aldermen introduced an ordinance seeking to gradually raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Read about that proposal here.