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2019 preview: Glenview to consider minimum wage
Pioneer Press

Monday, December 31, 2018
Chicago Tribune
by Alexandra Kukulka

2019 preview: Glenview to consider minimum wage, District 225 to review school calendar Minimum wage Residents attended the Dec. 4, 2018, Glenview Board of Trustees meeting to share their opinion on the minimum wage and paid sick leave measures. (Alexandra Kukulka / Pioneer Press) Alexandra Kukulka, Contact Reporter Pioneer Press As a new year begins, the Glenview area will be faced with a number of big decisions. In 2019, the Glenview Board of Trustees will consider opting back into the Cook County paid sick leave and minimum wage ordinances. The Glenbrook High School District 225 board will be hiring a new superintendent and discussing the results of the school calendar survey. Cook County minimum wage The Glenview Board of Trustees directed staff in December to draft an ordinance with some elements of the Cook County paid sick leave and minimum wage ordinances for their Jan. 3 meeting. “We’re going to ask staff to bring us an ordinance for the next meeting that entertains both the Cook County provision as well as the ability to manage some of the pieces,” said Village President Jim Patterson. “We (may) keep it in entirety or keep pieces of it (or) incorporate the word preemption.” 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, Patterson said. In June 2017, the board voted to opt out of both ordinances. The board decided to revisit that move in light of the results of advisory referenda that were placed on the ballot Nov. 6, he said. Cook County voters were asked if the municipality they live in should match the $13 per hour Cook County minimum wage law for adults over the age of 18 by July 1, 2020, and then be indexed to the consumer price index after that, according to a village staff presentation. Voters were also asked if the municipality they live in should match the Cook County earned sick time law, which allows for workers to earn up to 40 hours of sick time a year to take care of their own health or a family member’s health, according to the presentation. In Glenview, approximately 76 percent of residents supported the minimum wage referendum, while approximately 82 percent of residents supported the paid sick leave ordinance, according to the presentation. At a recent meeting, the trustees all remarked that they are struggling with the decision. Trustee Deborah Karton said she can support the paid sick leave ordinance. She would support opting into the minimum wage ordinance effective July 1, 2020, but with the hope that the state legislature will take action before then and without the condition of increasing minimum wage with the Consumer Price Index as stated in the advisory referenda. Trustee Michael Jenny said he has issues with how the ordinances and referenda questions were written. Jenny also said he doesn’t support a Consumer Price Index increase to minimum wage and that’d he’d like more information on the paid sick leave ordinance. “But in general, I think I’m in favor of putting forward something in Glenview, pending state action, which is going to happen, that recognizes what the constituents want,” Jenny said.


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