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2017-08-16 Current Prevailing Wage Rates


Bruce Rauner

Joe Beyer


Acting Director

August 15, 2017

Dear Public Official,

The Illinois Department of Labor has investigated and ascertained the prevailing rate of wages for public works projects in your county and posted an updated rate schedule at the following link: Current Prevailing Wage Rates. This schedule pertains to the prevailing rates required to be paid for work performed on or after Friday, September 1, 2017.

The Prevailing Wage Act (820 ILCS 130/0.01-12) requires contractors and subcontractors to pay laborers, workers, and mechanics employed on public works projects no less than the general prevailing rate of wages (consisting of hourly cash wages plus fringe benefits) for work of similar character in the locality where the work is performed.

Pursuant to 820 ILCS 130/4, public bodies with active public works projects are responsible for notifying all contractors and subcontractors working on those public works projects of the change (if any) to the rates that were previously in effect. The failure of a public body to provide such notice does not relieve contractors or subcontractors of their obligation under the Prevailing Wage Act, including the duty to pay the relevant prevailing wage in effect at the time work subject to the Act is performed.

If you have any questions, please contact the Conciliation and Mediation Division at (217) 782-1710 or (312) 793-1812, or email us at


Paul Kersey
Manager, Conciliation and Mediation
Illinois Department of Labor
160 N. LaSalle St., C-1300
Chicago, IL 60601