Rauner urges Mayor Rahm Emanuel to hold off on raising the minimum in Chicago. The Chicago City Council goes ahead with the plan and votes to raise the minimum wage within city limits from $8.25 an hour to $13 an hour by 2019.
My recommendation to the mayor is he keeps in mind competitiveness for the city of Chicago. We do not want to increase unemployment in the city of Chicago and end up hurting many of the very families that we all want to help. I would encourage Mayor Emanuel to think about the minimum wage strategically in the same context that I’ve recommended for years, and that is: Let’s do it in the context of pro-growth reforms.