Mayor Rahm Emanuel signs an executive order earlier this month requiring city contractors to pay a $13 minimum wage. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times
A new report by the U.S. Census Bureau found that even as the national poverty rate declines, it remains more than two points higher than before the start of the Great Recession. But it gets worse. The report also found that children under the age of 6 whose mothers are single live in poverty at more than five times the rate for children whose parents are married. If there was ever a time to raise the minimum wage, it is now.