Chicago Minimum Wage Referendum Gets A Key Boost In Big Week For Advocates

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With support from the highest offices in both Illinois and the nation for a higher minimum wage, several Chicago aldermen joined activists and low-wage workers gathered Thursday morning to back a set of city referendums that would boost the minimum wage for workers in the Windy City.

Supporters rallied at the Chicago Temple in the city’s Loop to kick off what organizers called “a major push by a coalition of community organizations to educate and mobilize voters.” Early voting starts March 3.

Both President Obama and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn called for a higher minimum wage during this week’s respective State of the Union and State of the State addresses. According to NBC Chicago, a referendum on the March 18 ballot in a portion of Chicago’s voting precincts “will ask if the city should require a minimum wage of $15 per hour for employees of companies with an annual gross revenues in excess of $50 million.”

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