Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin has proposed a plan to raise the county's minimum wage. If passed, the minimum wage in the entire county would match that of Chicago.
Back in 2014, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance to raise the city's minimum wage to $13 an hour. In 2015, the first bump occurred, moving the minimum hourly wage to $10. Chicago's minimum wage increased 50 cents this past July 2016 and will go up by the same amount in July 2017. The rate will then increase by $1 in July 2018 and July 2019 to hit the $13 figure.
The Cook County proposal comes as a result of ongoing campaigning by The People's Lobby. The group pressed county commissioners to pass the Responsible Business Act, which offers corporations a choice: "pay workers a living wage or pay a fee to help fund Cook County's vital social safety net that poverty wage workers need to survive."
"The People's Lobby applauds Commissioner Suffredin's introduction and Commissioner Daley's cosponsorship of an ordinance to raise Cook County's minimum wage," said Pascal Brixel, a leader with the The People's Lobby. "If passed, this ordinance will accomplish many of the goals of The People's Lobby's Responsible Business Act, including putting more money in the pockets of working people, boosting demand in the economy and creating new jobs, and easing the long-term burden on the social safety net."
The proposed ordinance can be seen here.