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Chicago mayor addresses minimum wage in city

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is taking on the minimum wage issue in Chicago.

The mayor on Tuesday said he has formed a Minimum Wage Working Group that includes community, labor and business leaders. He wants members to come up with a plan to increase the minimum wage in Chicago.

Emanuel's office says a final report is due in 45 days and should include recommended wage increases for minimum wage workers and employees who earn tips.

Supporters say raising the minimum wage would stimulate the economy by putting more cash in workers' pockets.

But opponents say hiking the minimum wage will force companies to lay off workers, adding to Illinois' already high unemployment.

On Tuesday, the Illinois House has advanced House Speaker Michael Madigan's plan to ask voters whether the state should increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour.

The plan to put a nonbinding question on the November ballot passed the House by a 71-43 vote . It comes after Illinois Democrats struggled to find votes to increase the state's minimum wage from $8.25 to $10.65 per hour.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday said the referendum will help the Legislature "get the job done" as it works to build a majority to raise the minimum wage.

The ballot measure also may work to drive Democratic turnout in the Illinois governor's race between Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner.

The measure now heads to the Senate.

The bill is HB3814

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