Illinois: Minimum Wage To Increase On New Year’s Day

By John McPhaul, The Chicago Times

December 21, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois’ minimum wage will be raised to $12 per hour on January 1, 2022.

The $1 raise will be applied to every hour worked in the New Year and is part of legislation passed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker in 2019 to reach a statewide $15 minimum wage by 2025.

Employees working on tips may be paid 60% of the hourly minimum wage, or $9, as long as the difference is made up in tips.

Beginning in January 2022, workers under the age of 18 who work fewer than 650 hours per year will be paid a minimum of $9.25 per hour.

If you believe you are being underpaid, you can register a complaint with the Illinois Department of Labor here.