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Chicago City Council Squeezes Big-Box Retailers

Chicago Alderman Joe Moore isn't happy about Wal-Mart setting up shop in his neighborhood--the 49th Ward--on the city's far North Side.

The company has a reputation for paying new employees about $7.25 an hour, a wage level Moore says is insufficient for his constituents. To minimize the potential economic harm of Wal-Mart's descent on the city, Moore decided to lobby the City Council to take action. In April 2005 he drafted the first version of what was to become one of the most highly contentious city ordinances of 2006.

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