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Illinois minimum wages rises to $12 on Jan. 1

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The Illinois minimum wage goes up to $12 an hour on Jan. 1, 2022.

In a press release, the Illinois Department of Labor said the increase follows legislation signed by Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker in 2019. The state plans to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2025.

The new law maintains provisions for employers to count gratuities to offset wages for workers, such as food servers, who regularly earn tips. 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 make up the difference.

Workers under 18 years old and who work fewer than 650 hours in a year will earn a minimum wage of $9.25 per hour beginning January 1. The youth minimum wage rate will gradually rise to $13 an hour by 2025.

The Department of Labor advised workers to check their paychecks after the new year. Any time worked in 2022 should be at the new wage.

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