Minimum Hourly Wage in Chicago to Hit $15, Capping 6-Year Fight


Chicago’s minimum wage will rise to $15 per hour Thursday, capping a six-year fight that energized the labor movement and fueled new laws designed to improve the working conditions for the city’s lowest-paid workers.The $1 hike in the city’s minimum wage was signed into law by Mayor Lori Lightfoot as part of the city’s 2020 spending plan.

The minimum wage for employees of businesses with four to 20 workers will rise 50 cents per hour to $14 per hour, rising another dollar on July 1, 2023. Youth workers will see their minimum wage rise to $11 per hour. Approximately 400,000 Chicagoans will get a raise starting Thursday, city officials said.

The minimum hourly wage for employees of large Chicago businesses who earn tips will rise by 60 cents on Thursday to $9 per hour. The so-called tipped minimum wage has gone up $2 since 2019.

The state’s $10 per hour minimum wage is set to rise by $1 on Jan. 1, 2022, until it hits $15 per hour in 2025. Approximately 1.4 million Illinois residents earn the state’s minimum wage…


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