Illinois Minimum Wage Could Be Increasing To $15 An Hour

Democrats introduce bill on pay increase.

Democrats hope to introduce a new bill in the state house to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 an hour.

According to a bill presented by State Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, the state’s minimum wage, currently at $8.25 an hour, will gradually raise to $15 by 2022. The first increase, to $9, would go into effect Jan. 1, 2018.

Tipped workers like restaurant servers, who currently earn a minimum wage of $4.95 an hour, would inch toward $9 by 2022.

In addition, employers with fewer than 50 workers could get a tax credit to recoup some of their extra labor costs. Those credits would be offset by state savings when people earning more money decrease their use of public assistance, Guzzardi said.


Illinois' minimum wage has been $8.25 since 2011.

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