Start of July brings increase to Illinois minimum wage

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' minimum wage increases to $10 per hour this week, and state officials are reminding workers to make sure their paychecks reflect the change.

The change takes effect Wednesday as July begins.

The increase is part of a multi-year plan to bring the minimum wage to $15 by 2025. The first increase to $9.25 came on Jan. 1.

Minimum wages in Cook County and the city of Chicago are higher. The county will increase to $13 per hour on Wednesday, and the city to $13.50 for small employers and $14 for employers with 21 or more employees.

Illinois Department of Labor Director Michael Kleinik said officials expect employers to abide by the change but he encouraged workers to verify the increase on their checks.

Illinois reports 646 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois public health officials reported 646 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday and 15 deaths.

The latest Illinois Department of Public Health figures show nearly 24,000 tests were administered in the past 24 hours.

Overall, there have been 141,723 total confirmed cases in the state since the start of the pandemic and 6,888 deaths. More than 1.5 million tests have been administered.

State officials have said Illinois has been progressing faster than expected in meeting health metrics tied to reopening. On Friday, the state allowed restaurants to reopen indoor dining with limited capacity other businesses to reopen with restrictions.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But for others, especially older people and the infirm, it can cause severe symptoms and lead to death.

13-year-old female lion at Tennessee zoo dies

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee zoo has lost its second female African lion to illness in the past year.

Zoo Knoxville officials announced the death of a 13-year-old lionness named Ann on Saturday, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. She died of suspected complications after undergoing surgery for an infection.

Ann was born at the zoo in 2006. The zoo’s other female African lion, Elsa, died last year. Two male lions remain: Jimmy and Zarin.

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