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Chicago council to consider minimum wage

The Chicago City Council plans special meetings about a proposal to raise the city's minimum wage to $13 an hour.

A work force committee will meet Monday and a special council meeting is Tuesday.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's spokeswoman Kelley Quinn says the mayor wants to act to prevent a possible Illinois General Assembly attempt to pre-empt proposals like Chicago's.

Chicago officials are worried business groups will push for Springfield legislation that includes a prohibition on municipalities raising their minimum wage higher than the state's.

Legislators are scheduled to return to Springfield on Tuesday.

They're expected to take up a measure to raise Illinois' $8.25-per-hour minimum wage.

The proposal currently being considered would increase the wage to $10 by July 1 and $11 per hour by 2017.

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