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Minimum wage, gas tax increases start July 1

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — The start of July brings an increase in the minimum wage and the gas tax to people across Illinois.

At the start of the year, minimum wage went up one dollar from $8.25 per hour to $9.25 per hour. This is the second increase as part of Governor J.B. Pritzker's plan to get the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025.

State officials suggest workers check their paychecks to make sure the change takes effect. Starting Wednesday, minimum wage will be $10 per hour.

Also taking effect July 1 will be the first annual increase in Illinois' gas tax, which Pritzker signed last year as part of his $45 billion "Rebuild Illinois" infrastructure plan.

Last year, the gas tax doubled from $0.19 to $0.38 per gallon. The increase, which is tied to inflation, will raise the gas tax to 38.7 cents per gallon.

Richard Bodee

Richard Bodee is a reporter at WREX. He joined the 13 WREX team in June 2019 after graduating from DePaul University with a Master’s degree in broadcast journalism.

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