Minimum Wage in Cook County, Illinois
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Chicago, IL Minimum Wage and Wage Claims
What Is the Minimum Wage in Chicago, IL?
You are entitled to the highest minimum wage that applies where you work, whether set by your city, county, or state government. (Most cities and counties don’t have their own minimum wage laws.)
Chicago Minimum Wage
The minimum wage in the city of Chicago is currently $15.40 if you work for an employer that has more than 20 employees, or $14.50 an hour if you work for an employer with four to 20 employees.
Learn more about Chicago’s minimum wage at https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/bacp/supp_info/minimumwageinformation.html.
Cook County Minimum Wage
In Cook County, the current minimum wage is $13.35 an hour.
Visit https://www.cookcountyil.gov/service/minimum-wage-ordinance-and-regulations to learn more about the minimum wage in Cook County.
Illinois Minimum Wage
The minimum wage in Illinois is $13 an hour. Because this is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, employees in Illinois must be paid at least $13 an hour.
Learn more about the minimum wage law in Illinois at https://www2.illinois.gov/idol/FAQs/Pages/minimum-wage-overtime-faq.aspx.
What Is the Tipped Minimum Wage in Chicago, IL?
Some states and local governments allow employers to pay tipped employees a lower minimum hourly wage; others don't.
Chicago Tipped Minimum Wage
If you work for tips in Chicago, your employer may pay you as little as $9.24 an hour (if your employer has more than 20 employees) or $8.70 an hour (if your employer has four to 20 employees), as long as you earn enough in tips to bring your hourly pay up to the full Chicago minimum wage ($15.40 an hour for more than 20 employees, or $14.50 an hour for four to 20 employees).
Cook County Tipped Minimum Wage
If you work for tips in Cook County, your employer may pay you a minimum wage as low as $7.40 an hour, as long as you earn enough in tips to bring your total hourly pay up to the full county minimum wage of $13.35 an hour.
Illinois Tipped Minimum Wage
In Illinois, your employer may pay you a minimum wage of no less than $7.80 an hour, as long as you earn enough in tips to bring your total hourly pay up to the full minimum wage, $13 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.
Who Enforces Chicago, IL Minimum Wage Laws?
Chicago Enforcement Agency
If you have questions about the city of Chicago’s minimum wage law, contact the:
Chicago Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, Office of Labor Standards
Chicago Business Affairs and Consumer Protection
Office of Labor Standards
121 N. LaSalle St., Room 805
Chicago, IL 60602
Cook County Enforcement Agency
If you have questions about the Cook County minimum wage law, contact the:
Cook County Commission on Human Rights
69 West Washington St., Suite 30409
Chicago, IL 60602-3007
Illinois Enforcement Agency
If you have questions about Illinois's minimum wage, contact the
Illinois Department of Labor
Find the nearest office of the Illinois Department of Labor at https://www2.illinois.gov/idol/Pages/contact.aspx.
How to File a Wage Claim in Chicago, IL
If you were not paid the minimum wage in Chicago, IL, you may have the right to file a wage claim or complaint with a government agency. Be sure to look at the wage claim materials (below) for the agency that enforces the law you believe was violated, whether city, county, or state.
All jurisdictions impose a time limit on how far back you may claim unpaid wages, so it's important to file your claim quickly. There may be other restrictions on the claims you may file, such as dollar-amount limits or limits on the agency’s ability to force employers to comply with the law. You may be required to ask your employer to pay you correctly before you file a claim. And, you almost always have the option to go straight to court and file a lawsuit instead of filing a wage claim with a government agency. For these reasons, it often makes sense to talk to an experienced wage and hour lawyer to make sure you know all of your options, understand the strength of your claims, and decide how to proceed.
Filing a Wage Complaint with the Chicago Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, Office of Labor Standards
If you were not paid the minimum wage in Chicago, you may file a wage complaint with the city of Chicago. Chicago has an online form to file a wage complaint.
Filing a Wage Complaint with the Cook County Commission on Human Rights
If you were not paid the minimum wage in Cook County, you may file a wage complaint with the county. Typically, you must file a form or provide information to the agency. Learn more about filing a wage complaint for violation of Cook County's minimum wage law.
Filing a Wage Claim with the Illinois Department of Labor
The Illinois Department of Labor has posted an information page with links to its wage claim form on its website.
Get Help With Chicago, IL Wage Claims and Lawsuits
If you are considering filing a wage claim or lawsuit, you may want to speak to a local wage and hour attorney. The resources below can help you find a lawyer near you.
Chicago, IL Free or Low-Cost Legal Assistance
Legal aid offices provide free legal assistance to low-income people. Typically, you must qualify for legal aid based on your income. Visit Illinois Legal Aid Online to find local resources and legal aid offices.
Some law schools have free legal clinics that provide assistance with specific problems, including wage and hour issues and other employment matters. Find a list of law schools offering legal clinics on a variety of issues at the American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono.
Chicago, IL Lawyer Directories
Lawyer Referral Services in Illinois. Check with the Illinois State Bar Association for information on lawyer referral services in Chicago, IL. Lawyer referral services match people with attorneys who specialize in particular legal fields, such as wage and hour law.
NELA’s “Find-A-Lawyer” Service. Search the National Employment Lawyer’s Association’s membership to find Chicago, IL lawyers who specialize in wage and hour claims and other employment issues.