Chicago mayor to sign executive order on minimum wage for contractors

Associated Press

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to sign an executive order that requires city contractors and subcontractors to pay employees a $13-an-hour minimum wage.

Emanuel's office says he'll sign the order Wednesday morning. Officials say it will apply to city contracts advertised after Oct. 1 and will affect about 1,000 contracted employees.

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Employees would include landscapers, maintenance workers, security officers and custodial workers.

Emanuel and other Democrats are making a big election-year push to raise the minimum wage.

Illinois' minimum wage is $8.25 per hour. Emanuel has introduced an ordinance that would gradually increase it to $13 in Chicago.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is pushing to raise Illinois' rate to $10 per hour. President Barack Obama signed an executive order earlier this year to raise the wage for federal contractors.