Chicago City Council approves minimum wage increase

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CHICAGO - The Chicago City Council has approved a plan to increase the city's minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2019.

City officials say the changes would happen in increments, and that the change would benefit approximately 400,000 workers in Chicago.  The city's minimum wage will see its first increase next year, from $8.25 an hour to $10 an hour.

Supporters of the increase say people can't survive on the current minimum wage, and that it hasn't kept up with other rising costs.  Opponents of the move say the increases could lead to job losses throughout the city.  

State lawmakers are considering legislation that would raise Illinois' minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2017.

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