A look at the changes from July 1 – NBC Chicago


Some important measures will take effect in Illinois starting July 1.

Although several changes to Illinois laws are slated to go into effect starting next month, Chicago-area residents will notice three big changes.

Suspension of the tax on groceries

Effective July 1, Illinois’ food tax will be suspended.

The move was part of the state’s $46.5 billion budget plan that passed earlier this year and is intended to provide relief to families struggling with rising property costs and inflation.

Lawmakers say the state’s 1% sales tax on groceries will be suspended for the entire new fiscal year, which officials say will save taxpayers up to $400 million until July 1, 2023.

The suspension of the tax will include “food intended for human consumption that must be consumed away from the premises where it is sold”, other than things like alcoholic beverages, foods containing cannabis for adult use, soft drinks, sweets and foods that have been prepared for immediate consumption. consumption. Medicines or drugs will not be included.

Chicago Minimum Wage and Other Changes

Currently, the minimum wage in Chicago is $15 per hour for employers with 21 or more employees and $14 per hour for small businesses.

In July, that rate is expected to increase, according to city officials.

On July 1, per the city’s minimum wage ordinance, Chicago’s minimum wage for untipped workers will increase to $15.40 for large businesses that employ 21 or more workers, and $14.50 for small businesses.

For tipped workers, rates will also increase – to $9.24 for large employers and $8.70 for small businesses.

Teens under 18 will see a new minimum wage of $12 for untipped employees and $7.20 for tipped employees.

By state law, teenagers under 18 must earn at least the current Illinois youth minimum wage, which is $9.25.

In addition to the city’s minimum wage increase on July 1, certain industries in Chicago, including health care, hospitality, restaurant, retail, or warehouse, will also be held at this time. there to post work schedules with at least 14 days notice, an increase in the form of notice from the previous 10 days.

Cook County Minimum Wage

Cook County, which has its own minimum wage ordinance, will also raise its minimum wage on July 1, from $13 to $13.35 for untipped workers and from $6.60 to $7.40 for untipped workers. tip workers.

The current Illinois state minimum wage for untipped workers is $12 and $7.20 for tipped workers. Last year, the minimum wage was $11 and $6.60, respectively.

On January 1, 2023, these rates will increase to $13 for untipped workers and $7.80 for tipped workers.

Here’s a look at other changes set to go into effect statewide starting July 1.


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