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New laws went into effect in Chicago on Friday including a minimum wage increase and age increase for buying tobacco products. (WLS)

New laws took effect in Chicago on Friday including a minimum wage increase and age increase for buying tobacco products.

Starting Friday, there will be no tobacco sales to anyone under 21 in the city. Signs are up and store clerks are carding.

"I didn't realize it was going to be really enforced until today," Alan Pickering, a carded smoker, said. "It was definitely different."

The city approved the law earlier this year hoping to stop kids from smoking.

Kwame Baidoo is 18 years old and a soccer player and said the law provides positive pressure.

"I'm an athlete, this helps your team out, too. People might not smoke. You'll be like, 'Bro, it's illegal.' Help your team out," he said.

Another change that came to the city was Chicago's minimum wage jumping to $10.50. The increase is part of an annual increase that will hit $13 an hour by 2019. Although small businesses feel the pinch, support is out there.

"To get people to $10.50 an hour is a step in the right direction. It's probably not even enough," Nancy Lane, a supporter of the minimum wage increase said.

And there is no longer a grace period for expired city stickers. You can be ticketed immediately and have to pay $200.

If you're cruising on the Skyway, reversible lanes are open starting Friday. But to use the express lanes, you have to have an E-Z pass or I-Pass.

In Indiana, the Dunes State Park is renovated and that means bars and restaurants will be able to serve beer, wine and liquor.
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