Prevailing Wage Act

Requires contractor and subcontractor 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.


Violators must pay workers the difference between the wage paid and the prevailing wage, and are subject to penalties and punitive damages. A contractor or subcontractor found to have violated the Act on two occasions in a five year period may be disbarred from public works projects for four years. Contractors are required to post prevailing wage rates at job sites.

Contact Numbers Prevailing Wage Information: (217) 782-1710 Or (312) 793-1585


Certified Transcript of Payroll Portal

Pursuant to PA 100-1177 and 820 ILCS 130/5.1, the Illinois Department of Labor is charged with developing and maintaining an online portal for prevailing wage construction contractors to file their certified payrolls with the department.  Currently, our portal will only accept manual submissions.   

You may access the portal here:  Certified Transcript of Payroll Portal 

If a contractor uses a software program to track, run, and file their certified payroll – we would encourage you to continue your normal practice and file with the public body in charge of the project until further notice from the Department of Labor.  If a prevailing wage contractor does not use a software program to file their certified payroll - they must file in our portal.  We are working on the ability to upload large amounts of data for payrolls, but it is not ready yet. 

Please check back here for any updates. 

May 6th Update - When you submit your certified payroll, you will now receive a .pdf copy of your submission with the email certification from IDOL.