While I don’t cover health care benefits in this blog (not even a topic listed on the left side of the masthead), here’s a health care benefit issue I can’t let pass by.

This Wednesday our Chicago City Council is expected to vote on an ordinance that would require large retailers in the city to pay a "living wage" that would rise to at least $13 an hour in salary and benefits in 2010. This follows in the wake of last week’s decision by a federal judge that struck down Maryland’s effort to force Wal-Mart to to pay more for health care benefits for its employees in the state.

Today’s editorial in the Chicago Tribune says, Chicago, take a look at Maryland.

Roger, that!