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Illinois minimum wage rises to $7.75/hr. July 1

November 16, 2010

Illinois employers are reminded that the state’s hourly minimum wage increases to $7.75 effective July 1. The threshold will climb another 25 cents on that date in 2009 and 2010.

When the final rate of $8.25 an hour takes effect in 2010, the Illinois minimum wage will have increased $3.10 an hour, or 60 percent, since 2003. By comparison, the federal minimum wage for covered nonexempt employees is $5.85 an hour.

Full-time minimum wage earners in Illinois in the next year will receive an additional $520 in pay, to $16,120 a year.

More than 80 percent of minimum wage workers in Illinois are working adults, not teen-agers, and one-third of minimum wage earners are sole breadwinners for their families. Increasing the minimum wage also helps boost the standard of living for 269,000 Illinois children, according to the Economic Policy Institute and Voices for Illinois Children.