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Minimum-wage increase takes effect in Chicago

Minimum wage earners in Chicago will see a $1.75 hourly bump.

A city law raising the minimum wage to $13 by 2019 in increments will take effect Wednesday. The first increase will be from $8.25 to $10 an hour. After that it’ll go up by 50 cents in 2016 and 2017, then by $1 in July 2018 and 2019.

City officials estimate the move impacts about 200,000 workers.

Illinois’ rate is already $1 higher than the national rate of $7.25. Several attempts to raise it statewide have failed or stalled with legislators.

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