Lake County, IL Wage & Hour Law

Waukegan, Illinois 60079

What You Need to Know About Illinois Minimum Wage, Overtime, and Other Wage Claims

You can recover unpaid wages, overtime, and tips in Illinois if you know your rights and how to enforce them. Does your employer owe you unpaid wages or overtime? Or, maybe you need information on the breaks you’re entitled to, overtime rules, or your right to tips. If so, you'll find the information you need on this site to learn what you can do in Illinois to get the money you have earned.

Here, we answer many common questions about wage and hour law in Illinois, including:


A few things to keep in mind as you explore this site:

1. Wage and hour laws differ from state to state.

Most states have enacted their own wage and hour regulations and procedures for employees to follow if they have been treated unfairly. These regulations and procedures vary from state to state. Start by finding out about your rights to pay in Illinois.

2. Some states simply adopt the federal minimum wage and overtime standards, but most states have higher standards.

The U.S. Department of Labor  covers minimum wage, overtime, and other wage and hour matters. In states that have not adopted their own wage and hour regulations and procedures, your rights are set out by the U.S. Department of Labor. 

The Illinois Department of Labor is the agency that enforces labor laws in Illinois. Check there to find out more about minimum wage and overtime rules in Illinois.

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.  


Lake County Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Lake County is $14 an hour, the state minimum wage. To find out if Lake County has passed its own minimum wage law, visit


Check Illinois Department of Labor to find out more.

3. You are entitled to certain payments when your employment ends.

Your final paycheck must include certain amounts, regardless of whether you resigned, were laid off, or were fired. Find out whether your former employer met Illinois’s final paycheck requirements

If you leave your job for any reason in Illinois, whether by your own choice or your employer's action, your employer must pay your final paycheck on the next regular payday.

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