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William D. Burns

Minimum wage hike draws ire, praise

Minimum wage hike draws ire, praise

Chicago on Tuesday joined the growing ranks of major cities that have raised their minimum wage, a move decried by business groups as a jobs killer but touted by labor groups and other supporters as a way to lift Chicago workers and their families out of poverty.

The City Council overwhelmingly approved gradually raising Chicago's minimum wage to $13 an hour from $8.25 by mid-2019, with the first incremental hike to $10 coming in July. Meanwhile, state legislative leaders pulled the plug on a proposal to raise the statewide pay floor to $11 until January at the earliest.

Chicago's vote comes as concerns escalate about widening income inequality, and as cities and states across...