SPRINGFIELD, IL – The minimum wage in Illinois is set for a notable increase from January 1, 2024. This change will elevate the hourly wage from $13 to $14, marking a significant step towards the state’s goal of a $15 per hour minimum wage by 2025. Tipped workers will see their minimum wage rise to $8.40 per hour, while youth workers under 18, working fewer than 650 hours per year, will now earn $12 per hour.
Governor JB Pritzker emphasized his commitment to supporting working families in Illinois, stating that the increase makes the state “a more affordable and equitable place to live.” Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton echoed this sentiment, noting the administration’s dedication to strengthening and sustaining the workforce.
This increment is part of a series of increases initiated in 2019, reflecting the state’s efforts to align the minimum wage with the rising cost of living. Illinois Department of Labor Director Jane Flanagan highlighted the positive impact of these increases on workers’ ability to afford daily expenses, while acknowledging the ongoing challenges faced by working families.
Employees are advised to check their paystubs in the new year for correct payment, especially in Chicago, where a higher minimum wage is mandated based on employer size. Complaints regarding minimum wage violations can be filed with the Illinois Department of Labor.