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Illinois Inheritance Law & Probate Procedure

Illinois Wage & Hour Law

  • Illinois Minimum Wage:  
    • The minimum wage in Illinois is $14 an hour. Because this is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, employees in Illinois must be paid at least $14 an hour.  

      Cook County Minimum Wage

      In Cook County, the current minimum wage is $14.00 an hour. 

      Chicago Minimum Wage

      The minimum wage in the city of Chicago is currently $15.80 if you work for an employer that has more than 20 employees, or $15 an hour if you work for an employer with four to 20 employees.

  • Overtime Pay: Every state has rules about weekly maximum hours and overtime. Learn about the overtime laws in Illinois and whether they apply to you.
  • Wage Claims: If you're being unlawfully underpaid, you need to learn how to file a "Wage Claim" in Illinois. 
  • Tips : Every state has special pay rates for tipped workers. Find out the rules for tipped workers in Illinois.
    • In Illinois, your employer may pay you a minimum wage of no less than $8.40 an hour, as long as you earn enough in tips to bring your total hourly pay up to the full minimum wage, $14 an hour. If you don’t earn enough in tips to bring your compensation to the full minimum wage, your employer must make up the difference.

Bankruptcy & Debt

Illinois Unemployment Benefits

Democracy In Illinois, Cook County, Chicago 

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