CHICAGO – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to sign an executive order that requires city contractors and subcontractors to pay employees a $13-an-hour minimum wage.
Emanuel’s office said he’ll sign the order Wednesday morning. Officials said it will apply to city contracts advertised after Oct. 1 and will affect about 1,000 contracted employees.
Employees would include landscapers, maintenance workers, security officers and custodial workers.
Emanuel and other Democrats are making a big election-year push to raise the minimum wage.
Illinois’ minimum wage is $8.25 an hour. Emanuel has introduced an ordinance that would gradually increase it to $13 in Chicago.
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is pushing to raise Illinois’ rate to $10 an hour. President Barack Obama signed an executive order earlier this year to raise the wage for federal contractors.