Effective July 1, 2018, both Chicago and Cook County increased their minimum wage rates by $1. The new minimum wage for the City of Chicago is now $12 per hour and for Cook County, it is $11 per hour. Rates will continue to increase annually in July.
These minimum wages also apply to workers from other counties who work more than 2 hours in a 2-week period in Chicago or Cook County, but only for the specific hours the employee worked there.
Also, the tipped employee minimum has been raised from $6.10 to $6.25 per hour in the City of Chicago, and from $4.95 to $5.10 per hour in Cook County.
We recommend that each employer contact the village offices for their facilities within Cook County to verify if this minimum wage applies in their town. Changes may have occurred since the votes taken by city council members in 2017. We compiled a list of those cities last summer, but cannot ensure its accuracy for each of the numerous cities in Cook County.
To download the poster from the City of Chicago website with the new increased minimum wage on it, click the link below:
To download the poster from the Cook County website with the new increased minimum wage on it, visit their site using the link below: