The minimum wage in Illinois is set to increase another dollar on Saturday, January 1, 2022. The new wage will be $12 an hour.
Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation in 2019 putting the state on the path to a $15 an hour minimum wage by 2025. There have been three increase since then.
In Chicago, the minimum wage is already $15 an hour for employers that have 21 or more employees. It’s $14 an hour for smaller businesses.
The new law maintains provisions for employers who count gratuities to offset wages for workers, such as food servers. Tipped employees may be paid 60 percent of the hourly minimum wage. However, these workers must still earn the minimum wage after receiving tips or the employer will be required to make up the difference.