Ald. Tom Tunney (44th Ward, immediately south of Uptown) argued and voted against it, saying it would be difficult for mom-and-pop shops to pay their workers and make a profit. He was joined in voting against the measure by Alds. Matthew O’Shea (19th), Mary O’Connor (41st), and Michele Smith (43rd). Ald. JoAnn Thompson (16th) was not present for the vote.
- Ald. Cappleman said in a special newsletter: "While I am a sponsor of the $15 minimum wage, and will continue to push for it, we cannot wait for the rest of the City Council to get on board. Families in the 46th Ward are hurting and cannot make ends meet. This ordinance will get families closer to making a living wage. [...] We are moving in the right direction and I will continue to fight to protect workers in Chicago." His entire statement is here.
- Ald. Pawar posted several times on Facebook today: "I voted YES to create a $13/hr #Chicago min wage! Proud to serve on Minimum Wage Working Group." and "Historic day in #Chicago. The City Council passed a $13/hr min wage for #Chicago. Proud to stand with Mayor Emanuel and my colleagues from the Minimum Wage Working Group."
- Ald. Osterman sent out a special newsletter: "This morning, I voted in support of the minimum wage increase proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and recommended by the Minimum Wage Working Group. I believe this measure will better the quality of life for many working families, young adults and senior citizens in our community as well as help break the cycle of poverty for 410,000 people, nearly 31% of the Chicago workforce." His newsletter, complete with charts and graphs, can be seen here.