The increase gives Illinois the third-highest minimum wage in the nation, reports the News-Gazette.
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The new wage is for adults. Those under the age of 18 will see their minimum rate increase from $7.50 to $7.75 an hour.
Workers who receive tips can be paid up to 60 percent of the minimum wage, which comes out to $4.95 an hour for adults and $4.65 an hour for minors.
According to the US Department of Labor, only Washington and Oregon have higher minimum wages than Illinois, with $8.55 and $8.40 an hour, respectively. Connecticut and Washington, DC require the same $8.25 hourly rate.