From a Red Asterisk to [The 20%] of Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance

The crumbling of the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance into merely one-fifth of its original reach started with an asterisk. On November 23, 2016, I titled my post: “Cook County Paid Sick Leave Gets Barrington Asterisk.” A few weeks later, Rosemont opted out, so I gave it an asterisk, this time including an image of a red asterisk. A week or two later, Oak Forest opted out, so I added three asterisks to the post. Sensing a potential swarm of asterisks, I abandoned that approach and thank goodness I did. Had I continued, this is how many red asterisks I would be including in my posts about Cook County opt outs.

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My nix list now has 106 entries, more than 80% of the County’s political subdivisions. The latest additions are Calumet City, Forest View, Harvey, Hazel Crest, Markham, Sauk Village, Stone Park and Westchester. The list of municipalities on my watch list is down to five.

I suspect we will soon transition from watching the opt-outs to watching the litigation concerning the opt-outs. A Cook County Commissioner has said that the County is planning to file a lawsuit challenging the ability of some or all of the municipalities to opt out.

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