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Glenview to discuss Cook County minimum wage, paid sick leave ordinances in December
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Chicago Tribune by Alexandra Kukulka
The Glenview Board of Trustees will discuss the Cook County minimum wage and paid sick leave ordinances at a meeting on Dec. 4.
In 2016, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance that would increase minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2020 and an ordinance that would allow employees to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked, with a maximum of five days a year of paid sick leave.
Glenview “was able to determine its own course of action” as a home-rule municipality, said Village President Jim Patterson at the Nov. 20 board meeting. In June 2017, the board voted to opt out of both ordinances.
The board will discuss the two ordinances again based on the results of an advisory referenda that were placed on the ballot Nov. 6, Patterson said.
“Based on the results, I am directing staff to provide additional information and analysis for board review and discussion at the Dec. 4 meeting,” Patterson said.
For the December meeting, Trustee Deborah Karton asked village staff to explain how the ballot questions measure up to the ordinances, to find data on how Glenview residents voted on the questions and to reach out to Glenview businesses to learn about how the paid sick leave ordinance will impact them.
Trustee Michael Jenny said given the referendum results he is pleased the board will discuss the ordinances again.
“I am glad we’re bringing this up from the stand point of additional fact finding and also learning a bit more about what the community has said about the policy and talking in greater detail on whether we want to implement it here or not,” Jenny said.
The Northbrook Board of Trustees approved an ordinance in October that would repeal the board’s previous decision to opt out of the Cook County paid sick leave ordinance, which means the ordinance goes into effect Jan. 1, 2019.
In November, the Northbrook Board of Trustees moved to reconsider opting into the Cook County minimum wage ordinance at a May 2019 meeting if the state legislature does not take action before then.