New state laws in 2022: $12 minimum wage, legal lemonade stands, students' mental health days

$12 minimum wage, mental health days for students also begin

  • Hayli Martenez, right, then 11, sits atop her Haylibug Lemonadez stand in Kankakee in 2019, with her mother, Iva. The county health department shut the stand down for lacking a permit.

    Hayli Martenez, right, then 11, sits atop her Haylibug Lemonadez stand in Kankakee in 2019, with her mother, Iva. The county health department shut the stand down for lacking a permit. Laura McElroy/Daily Journal via AP

  • Flanked by lawmakers and supporters, Gov. J.B. Pritzker picks up the nearly 800-page criminal justice reform bill after signing it into law on Feb. 22, 2021, during a ceremony at Chicago State University in Chicago.

    Flanked by lawmakers and supporters, Gov. J.B. Pritzker picks up the nearly 800-page criminal justice reform bill after signing it into law on Feb. 22, 2021, during a ceremony at Chicago State University in Chicago. Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP

 
 
Updated 12/31/2021 4:55 PM

The minimum wage in Illinois will rise to $12 per hour, criminal justice reform will continue affecting police, Juneteenth will become an official holiday, public housing residents will be able to keep pets, students soon can take mental health days, schools soon cannot discriminate based on hairstyles, and governments soon cannot shut down kids' lemonade stands.

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