Cook County Referrendum Outcomes

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Cook County Referrendum Outcomes

On Tuesday, November 6th the voters of Cook County voted on two important economic issues that will directly impact businesses operating in Cook County and Schaumburg. Thanks to the Chicago Tribune for providing this outcome overview on Minimum Wage and Sick Leave referendum items: 

Sick leave - Question: Shall your municipality match the Cook County earned sick time law which allows for workers to earn up to 40 hours (5 days) of sick time a year to take care of their own health or a family member’s health?

Cook County voters are in favor of their municipality matching the county sick time law. The measure stems from a county ordinance passed in 2016 that calls for employees to earn one hour of paid sick time for ever 40 hours worked. Nearly 86 percent of county voters were in favor of this referendum, according to the Cook County clerk’s office.

Minimum wage - Question: Shall the minimum wage in your municipality match the $13 per hour Cook County minimum wage law for adults over the age of 18 by July 1, 2020, and be indexed to the consumer price index after that?

About 80 percent of Cook County voters were in favor of the referendum. The county had passed an ordinance in 2016 that raised the minimum wage to $13 an hour, but municipalities were given the option to opt out.

SBA Perspective - 

The SBA's Board of Directors opposed the two ballot measures based on the adverse economic impact they will have on Schaumburg businesses. With Schaumburg's location on the boundaries of Cook County it is the SBA's belief that the neighboring counties of DuPage, Lake, McHenry, and Kane will benefit by the increased cost of doing business in Cook County. The SBA will continue to track and provide updates on public policy that directly impacts the growth of Schaumburg's economy.  

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