Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  
 

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:  
   
 
 

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

   
 

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

   
  Last year more people used the County's forest preserves than visited Yellowstone National Park.
   
     
     
     



Buffalo Grove considers opting out of Cook County minimum wage, paid sick day requirements

Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Chicago Tribune
by Ronnie Wachter,

Buffalo Grove considers opting out of Cook County minimum wage, paid sick day requirements

 
Facebook
0
Twitter
 

Ronnie Wachter, Pioneer Press

11:53 am, May 3, 2017

Straddled between two counties, Buffalo Grove officials recently joined the conversation on whether to opt out of a new Cook County ordinance bolstering the minimum wage rate and paid sick days for employees working throughout the county.

During a board meeting May 1, village trustees directed staff to develop an ordinance that would allow Buffalo Grove to opt out of the new ordinance and exempt local businesses in Cook County from paying employees a higher minimum wage rate and offering a required number of paid sick days. Officials could vote on the proposed ordinance as early as their May 15 meeting.

Some village board members said an opt-out measure was needed since Buffalo Grove's boundaries are split between Cook and Lake counties, potentially putting local businesses on the Cook County side at a competitive disadvantage.

Trustee Jeff Berman said that with about two-thirds of the village located in Lake County, businesses on the northern end would be able to pay lower wages, offer fewer benefits and likely would be able to offer customers lower prices as a result.

"We talk all the time about being business friendly," Berman said. "Here's an opportunity to step up."

Officials in Barrington said they had similar concerns when they voted to opt out of the Cook County ordinance last November, becoming one of the first suburban communities in Cook County to do so.

With boundaries also split between Cook and Lake counties, Barrington officials at the time said the new ordinance would put local businesses in Cook County at a competitive disadvantage with Barrington-based businesses in Lake County.

Since then, other towns, including Mount Prospect, Schaumburg and Wheeling, have opted out of the Cook County ordinance.

On May 1, Arlington Heights officials also voted to opt out of the countywide ordinance in front of a crowd of protesters who rallied before the start of the meeting to show support for the minimum wage and paid sick day laws, arguing the measures wouldn't inundate businesses with higher operational costs.

Before the 5-4 vote, Arlington Heights Mayor Thomas Hayes and other board members who supported the opt-out move said the issue was better left up to the state or federal government to legislate.

The activity comes after the Cook County Board approved last October a gradual increase to the minimum wage for private, county-based businesses to $13 an hour by 2020. The first increase, to $10 an hour, is expected to take effect July 1.

Cook County Board members also required employers in the county to offer at least one hour of paid sick time to employees for every 40 hours worked, effective July 1. Employees would then able to collect up to 40 hours of paid sick time a year unless their employer decided to set a higher limit.

By opting out of the new requirements, suburban communities are letting local businesses pay the statewide minimum wage rate of $8.25 an hour, as well as forgo the measure on paid sick days.

Supporters of the county ordinance have said it would provide a raise to more than 200,000 low-wage workers in Cook County, as well as ensure paid sick leave for roughly 840,000 private-sector workers who currently receive no paid time off if they are ill and have to stay home from work.

Aside from concerns over business competition, Buffalo Grove officials also have seen a number of commercial properties remain vacant along the Cook County side of town, including vacant parcels across Dundee Road from Buffalo Grove High School that once were used by auto dealer Bob Rohrman, as well as a largely empty Cambridge Commons shopping center at Dundee and Buffalo Grove roads.

With all those factors in play, trustee Dave Weidenfeld said it wouldn't make sense for village officials to follow the new countywide ordinance.

"It would be crazy," he said.

During the May 1 meeting, no board members spoke in favor of the Cook County ordinance.

At the Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, which has members in both counties, executive director Roger Sosa said his group believes that issues affecting minimum wage and employee benefits should be handled by the state or federal government.

Leaving the issue up to local authorities can create confusion, he said.

"We saw issues on both sides," Sosa said. "This is an issue that needs to be resolved at a much higher level than county."

rwachter@pioneerlocal.com



Recent Headlines

Western Springs Board votes to follow county ordinance, raising minimum wage to $11 this year
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Pioneer Press

Mother files complaint, says while she was at Daley Center for jury duty, staff sent her to menís room to pump breast milk
Monday, April 23, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Challenge to filing fee has some worth
Monday, April 16, 2018
Chicago Daily law Bulletin

Tougher SNAP rules worry providers
Friday, April 13, 2018
Modern Healthcare

Cook County tax officials take excess campaign donations from appeals firms, ethics panel says
Friday, April 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook Countyís 'Next Century' Plan To Maintain Forest Preserves
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
WBEZ

What happens when a hospital sells its debt?
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
WWNO New Orleans Public Radio

Federal funds to bolster election security may fall short in Chicago, Cook
Monday, April 09, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

New autopsy rulings bring Cook County cold death total to 31 this season
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Forest Preserves of Cook County Summer Day Camp Registration Opens April 2
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County sues Facebook, Cambridge Analytica after alleged misuse of millions of Illinoisans' data
Monday, March 26, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Unsung Heroine Award to Emily Guthrie
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Evanston Roundtable

Editorial: In four letters, why people leave Cook County: J-O-B-S
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Chicago Tribune

In a twist, Cook County wins $9 million verdict tied to jail strip-search settlement
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Chicago Tribune

15 got promotions from Court Clerk Dorothy Brown within 6 months of donations
Friday, March 16, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Assessor Berrios loses court fight to overturn Cook County's limits on campaign donations
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Chicago Tribune

$70 million and counting? Cook County taxpayers face massive tab for sheriff board firings
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Commentary: Dart's misguided approach to jail reform
Monday, March 12, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Editorial: Commissioners: Shelve this Cook County job killer
Monday, March 12, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County alerting investors, delinquent property taxpayers of coming tax sale
Friday, March 09, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

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