Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  The first blood bank in the world was established at Cook County Hospital by Dr. Bernard Fantus in 1937.
   
     
     
     



Skokie drops recent proposal to opt out of Cook County minimum wage ordinance

Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Chicago Tribune
by Genevieve Bookwalter•

A few weeks after the Skokie Village Board considered — and decided against — opting out of Cook County’s minimum wage and sick leave ordinance, local activists say they hope other towns entertaining the same idea are similarly dissuaded.

Originally slated for consideration on May 20, the Skokie Village Board agenda listed the item as “a resolution establishing the State of Illinois’ sole authority on employee welfare and rights. This item is on the agenda for first reading and approval.”

The village board voted to table the proposal until June 3, but on May 28 Mayor George Van Dusen issued a statement saying the resolution had been permanently tabled.

The reversal comes after activists quickly mobilized in response to the agenda item.

“We’re excited about that and hoping it sends a similar message to other suburbs,” said Shelly Ruzicka, spokeswoman with Arise Chicago, a worker rights organization.

She added that other towns looking to take up similar measures should expect a swift and large community protest.

The Cook County minimum wage ordinance was passed in 2016 and took effect in 2017. Under the county ordinance, the minimum wage was set at $11 an hour in Cook County, effective July 1, 2018. The amount is set to rise by $1 on July 1 of the next two years. After that, an “inflation-adjusted amount” would apply each year. The ordinance also includes mandatory sick days for workers if they meet certain conditions.

In a memo to elected officials, Corporation Counsel Michael Lorge wrote that elected officials, residents and business owners have asked the village to “analyze the legal status of the Cook County minimum wage ordinance” after Illinois passed its own minimum wage increase law in February 2019.

Under the new state rules, the minimum wage jumps from $8.25 to $9.25 per hour on Jan. 1, 2020. It would then rise to $10 per hour on July 1, 2020, and will increase $1 per hour every Jan. 1 until it hits $15 per hour in 2025, according to the memo.

“The issue is whether Skokie should remain aligned with the patchwork of minimum wage and sick leave standards under Cook County or align itself with the rest of the State of Illinois,” Lorge wrote.

The state ordinance does not include required sick days.

Skokie first voted to follow the Cook County ordinance in a crowded and heated meeting in July 2017, a period of time in which many suburbs were opting out. When community members heard of Skokie’s proposed change last month, they responded in similar fashion.

“Had the Skokie Village Board taken away the county wage, beginning July 1, 2019, it would have meant that local minimum wage earners would lose $6,500 just in the coming year. That’s absolutely devastating to a family. It would also mean $6,500 less per worker being spent in our local economy,” said Skokie resident and pastor B.J. Birkhahn-Rommelfanger in a news release.

In his statement outlining the village’s decision to table the discussion, Van Dusen wrote that officials appreciated the outpouring of comments in support of maintaining the current system.

“The Village saw in the State of Illinois minimum wage legislation certain important provisions: a structure that arrives at $15 per hour while Cook County’s minimum wage gets to $13 an hour; annual increases that are more than Cook County’s annual adjustments for inflation after 2020; and, a uniform minimum wage that the entire State agreed upon,” Van Dusen wrote.

He added that residents raised important questions about perceived limitations in the state’s minimum wage legislation.

“The Village hereby will stand by the status quo based on the Cook County minimum wage as adopted two years ago,” Van Dusen wrote. “We leave reconciling the two conflicting laws to the Illinois General Assembly and the Cook County Board.”

gbookwalter@chicagotribune.com



Recent Headlines

Choosing Cook County judges, Justice Ginsburg reminds us, should not be a popularity contest
Monday, September 16, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Kim Foxx interested, wary of working with Trump White House on criminal justice reform
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Is Clerk Karen Yarbrough ‘best official’ in county — or is patronage hiring flap only ‘tip of the iceberg’?
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

A secret vote will choose Cook County’s next judicial chief. A $270 million budget, thousands of employees, and the future of a huge court system are at stake.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Evans Faces Challenge Thursday For Position As Cook County Chief Judge
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
WBEZ News

Cook County Health's John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital Receives $5M Federal Grant to Support Cancer Research
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Daily Herald

Cook County Forest Preserves Might Pitch Property Tax Hike To Voters
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
WBEZ News

Column: Ethically, Todd Ricketts owes Cook County six more years of property taxes on his Wilmette house. He should pay up.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Watchdog accuses County Clerk Karen Yarbrough of running ‘illegal patronage’ operation, wants court oversight
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Prosecutors Decline To File Charges In About 1 In Every 5 Murder Cases
Thursday, September 05, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

Cook County Maps Story of Opioid Epidemic with New Website
Thursday, September 05, 2019
WBEZ News

Slow refund checks for Water Tower residents—including the county treasurer—lead to proposed fee
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Criminal history vs. compassion? County debate over role of rap sheets in rental decisions
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County’s new law barring landlords from turning away tenants with certain criminal backgrounds faces controversy
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Editorial: Upholding Cook County’s assault weapons ban
Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Hospital rehab awarded $3 million in state tax credits
Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Curbed Chicago

Cook County Finance Committee to approve $3 million settlement in medical malpractice case
Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Lightfoot, Preckwinkle must stop feuding with each other, work together on gun violence
Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Here’s Why Cook County’s Property Tax Freeze Might Thaw
Tuesday, September 03, 2019
WBEZ News

South, southwest suburbs getting grants to beef up security
Friday, August 30, 2019
Daily Southtown

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP