Chicago Gets a Raise

From the City of Chicago:

In December 2014, the City of Chicago City Council passed Mayor Emanuel’s ordinance to raise the minimum wage for all Chicago workers to $13 per hour by 2019. The ordinance raises the minimum wage in steps, beginning with an increase to a $10 per hour minimum wage on July 1, 2015. The minimum wage increases to $10.50 in 2016, $11 in 2017, $12 in 2018, and $13 in 2019. Over five years, it will increase the earnings for approximately 410,000 Chicago workers, inject $860 million into the local economy, and lift 70,000 workers out of poverty.

As a city, we must all continue to do our part to ensure that workers understand their rights and business owners understand their responsibilities in implementing this important law so that every hard working resident in the city of Chicago has a chance to succeed.

The ordinance requires all employers to pay the new minimum wage of $10 per hour for all employees beginning July 1st, subject to certain limitations.  All businesses operating within Chicago and/or employing persons working within Chicago are required to comply.  In addition, employers are required to post the attached Notice to Employers and Employees in each place of business beginning July 1st and include the Notice in each employee’s first paycheck following the July 1st implementation date.

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, The Illinois Department of Labor and the Federal Department of Labor will co-host a workshop on the increase in the city’s minimum wage on Wednesday, July 8th from 3:00PM to 4:30PM at City Hall, 121 North LaSalle Street, Room 805.  For additional information that was revised on June 30, 2015, please contact 311 or visit the City of Chicago Minimum Wage website at

For complaints, call: 311

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