After having nearly nine months to consider whether to opt out of the Cook County earned sick leave and minimum wage ordinances, and as the time ticks down to the final hours, the City of Evanston and Village of Oak Park have called for special meetings today, June 30, the very last day to opt out, to discuss the issues. Each municipality will consider adopting an ordinance opting out effective July 1, with a sunset date of July 11, just ten days later. The ten days seems intended to allow time in July to allow the city council of each municipality to have a more comprehensive discussion of the issues.
The Mayor of the City of Evanston, in an “Emergency Declaration,” said that the fact that two contiguous villages have decided to opt out within the past few days, and Oak Park may do so as well, would “constitute a fiscal emergency in the City of Evanston” that must be considered by the City Council. The Village of Wilmette opted out earlier this week. According to the Mayor’s Declaration, the Village of Skokie “announced its intention to opt out” as well.
The Mayor of the Village of Oak Park said that he was calling a “special meeting” at the request of the business community, which has proposed opting out for a 90 day period to allow for a “community-wide” discussion.
On a related note, more nix. I have added Bensenville, Burnham, Country Club Hills, Lyons and Posen. My list now has 87 opt-outs. When the final tally is done, and the final ordinances are collected, there will be more than 90 opt outs! One hundred is possible.
Thanks and a PSL-hat tip to those who have emailed me with information about other municipalities that have opted out. The assistance is much appreciated.