Who’s affected, how, and what Rahm’s plan to up the minimum wage to $13 an hour really means.
By Alec Moran
Published Sept. 5, 2014
The push to raise the minimum wage in Chicago is picking up momentum, thanks to Mayor Emanuel’s proposal to hike the rate from $8.25 to $13 an hour by 2018. Before they vote, aldermen are likely to wait and see how Illinois residents weigh in on November 4 on a nonbinding referendum to up the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour. Here’s a breakdown of who would be affected by these hikes, statewide and locally, and what the increases would mean.
Number of Illinois workers who
make minimum wage
That is 6.7% of the state workforce
Chicagoans who earn less than $13 an hour
of Chicagoans approve raising the state’s minimum wage to $10.
of all Illinois residents approve.
Minimum wage across the United States
(and what it could be by 2018)
How long you must work to afford a monthly CTA pass
… at $8.25 an hour
12 hours and 15 minutes
… and at $13 an hour.
7 hours and 34 minutes
How annual pay at minimum wage stacks up against other earnings in town