Illinois minimum wage workers are getting a pay raise and several new laws go into effect today

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SPRINGFIELD Ill. – Minimum wage workers in Illinois get a raise Wednesday, July 1. The statewide minimum goes up to $10 an hour. This is the second increase this year in Illinois. The minimum wage increase in Chicago will equal an extra $120 a month for those workers.

According to lawmakers, the state’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase an additional $1 per hour each year on January 1 until it reaches $15 per hour in 2025.

Minimum wage in Chicago has now increased to $14 an hour. In Cook County, workers will get $13 an hour.

Along with the raise, workers will also be entitled to know their work schedule 10 days in advance. Any changes to the scheduled would come with extra pay.

The president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce says the increase puts a burden on small businesses struggling to rehire workers after the pandemic shutdown.

Labor groups are praising the moves, while business organizations are saying this may not be the right time to be forcing businesses to make these changes.

Several new laws go into effect Wednesday in Illinois.

The gas tax went up .7 cents under a new formula tying increases to the rate of inflation.

Illinois already banned distracted driving, but now your license can be revoked or suspended if distracted driving causes great bodily harm or worse.

All public schools in Illinois must teach students about contributions by LGBTQ leaders by the time they graduate eighth grade.

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