Daley pushes for Walmart to come to Chicago

December 16, 2009 (CHICAGO) He says with the recession dragging on, Aldermen, labor leaders and Walmart need to come up a way to make it happen.

The mayor says he knows he's raising a political hot potato.

There was a huge debate five years ago over a so-called "big box" minimum wage ordinance when Walmart was trying to build two stores in the city.

The retailer got the okay to open one in the Austin community on the West Side.

The mayor says it's time now to build more.

"You have to create jobs, you can't think about the past, differences of opinion, we need jobs as much as possible, there's a number of aldermen sitting down presently with Walmart for the greater good of Chicago and the greater good of people who need jobs," Daley said.

Walmart says it's paying workers at its Austin store an average wage of $11 per hour.

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