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Wage hike, driving privileges, civics addressed in new laws

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — New Illinois state laws dictating minimum wage, certain driving offenses and LGBTQ history education in public schools will take effect Wednesday.

Low-wage workers statewide will see a pay increase for the second time this year. The minimum wage will increase to $10 from $9.25.

In Chicago, the minimum wage will go up by $1, to $14 per hour.

LGBTQ history must be taught in Illinois public schools starting in the 2020-2021 school year.

A new law allows the secretary of state to suspend or revoke driving privileges when a person is using an electronic communication device while driving and “great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement” results.

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