Chicago's minimum wage increases to $12 an hour

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Hundreds of thousands of workers in Chicago are getting a raise as the city boosts the minimum wage to $12 an hour. (WLS)

Hundreds of thousands of workers in Chicago are getting a raise Sunday as the city boosts the minimum wage to $12 an hour.

The new minimum wage is a 45 percent increase since 2015 and 367,000 employees will be getting a raise, the city said.

The minimum wage will jump another dollar next year to $13 an hour.

Right now, the minimum wage in Illinois is $8.25 an hour.

The city said the increases will add $860 million to the local economy by 2019.
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