Legislative Update: Minimum Wage

February 7, 2019

ILA learned late last week that Governor Pritzker is interested in fast-tracking an increase to the minimum wage in Illinois to $15 per hour, from our current $8.25. Just today, the Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 1, the "Lifting Up Illinois Working Families Act." The ILA Public Policy Committee met yesterday and had discussed this act, among others that we'll report on shortly. Not a great deal of input is being sought regarding SB 1, but we will do our best to express librarian concerns about it. Legislators in attendance at our Library Legislative Meet-up events to date are aware of our concerns. We know that a wage increase will benefit lower-paid library workers, and we also recognize that this will place a burden on already-stretched library budgets that could result in service cuts. Credits are available for businesses with fewer than 50 employees, and for all employers there is a phase-in period and exemptions for part-time teen workers, as follows.

The wage will rise for those 18 years of age and older on:


  • January 1, 2020 to $9.25
  • July 1, 2020 to $10
  • January 1, 2021 to $11
  • January 1, 2022 to $12
  • January 1, 2023 to $13
  • January 1, 2024 to $14
  • January 1, 2025 to $15

Beginning on January 1, 2020, employees under 18 years of age who have not worked more than 650 hours during a calendar year will be paid:

  • $8 per hour from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020
  • $8.50 per hour from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021
  • $9.25 per hour from January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022
  • $10.50 per hour from January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023
  • $12 per hour from January 1, 2024 through December 31, 2024
  • $13 per hour on and after January 1, 2025.

This is a fluid situation and we will keep membership updated as quickly as possible as we learn of developments, including the results of discussion and voting in the Illinois House. 

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