The Cook County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing this week on the “Cook County Responsible Business Act”, a proposed ordinance that will penalize businesses with more than 750 employees (including franchises) for paying less than a specifically-defined hourly wage. The proposed ordinance seeks to extort, er . . . collect a fee of $750 for each dollar of difference between the wage paid an employee in the previous year and the wage defined in the ordinance. As drafted, that defined wage starts at $10 on December 1, 2015 and increases by $1.25 each December thereafter until December 1, 2019 when the rate is tethered to the Cook County Living Wage hourly rate (currently $14.57)! We were unable, by press time, to ascertain what action, if any, may have been taken yesterday by the Board of Commissioners.