In a letter sent Tuesday, March 4 to the Chicago City Council Committee on Budget and Government Operations, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce stated its position on the call for Congress to raise the minimum wage.

The Chamber opposes legislative efforts to raise Illinois' minimum wage in the Illinois General Assembly at a time when the regional economy is still recovering from the recent economic recession. Raising the minimum wage would put Illinois companies at a competitive disadvantage with neighboring states, potentially forcing them to reduce hiring or eliminate jobs.

The Chamber contends the minimum wage should be addressed at the federal level to prevent states from competing with each other.

Click here to read the full letter.